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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag intends to look closely at Anthony Martial in pre-season, according to reports. The France international has been tipped to leave the club in this summer’s transfer window after seven years at Old Trafford. However, it appears his future remains uncertain at the current moment in time.
According to The Athletic, Ten Hag is expected to look at Martial in pre-season as he looks to make his mark at United.
And that suggests there’s a chance the France international could end up staying if he impresses his new boss.
United thought Martial was on track to become a world-class forward just two years ago, when he netted 23 goals in the 2019/2020 season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Yet, since then, he’s scored just eight goals for the club.
Martial was loaned to Sevilla in January, with United hopeful his temporary exit would see him rediscover his best form.
But the 26-year-old scored just once, in the Europa League, while finding the net in nine La Liga appearances.
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United are looking to sign a new marksman this summer to ease the goalscoring burden on Cristiano Ronaldo, who notched 24 times last term.
Yet with Ten Hag willing to give Martial a pre-season to prove his worth, it’s feasible he’ll end up staying.
The final decision on his future will be made by Joel Glazer, who has long admired Martial.
He previously saw the United star as the club’s very own version of Pele, the Brazilian icon who scored over 1000 goals throughout his glittering career.
And it’s unclear whether Glazer’s stance has changed amid Martial’s plight over the past two years.
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The publication says that one player who will be staying at United is Marcus Rashford.
The England international had a nightmare season under Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, scoring just four Premier League goals.
Yet United want to keep the forward and believe he can get back to his best under the guidance of Ten Hag.
If Martial and Rashford are both staying, United will have the duo to depend on next term.
They’re primed to keep Ronaldo, too, despite failing to qualify for the Champions League.
And Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga are also attacking options for Ten Hag as he looks to build a dynasty at Old Trafford.
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Meanwhile, football intermediary Kenneth Asquez has close links to Sevilla.
And he recently insisted Martial had been ’unlucky’ during his time in La Liga, saying: “There’s nothing sinister, he’s been unlucky.
“If you look at Sevilla before January and Sevilla after, it looks like two different teams.
“From talking to (sporting director) Monchi and being in the city, there has been a mentality issue for Sevilla.
“They are used to being the kings of the city and Betis being 20 points behind and winning nothing.
“But this year, Betis challenged them all season and won the Copa del Rey. They won’t admit it, but that affected Sevilla.”
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And he added: “Of course Sevilla are disappointed with how Martial worked out. It was a huge outlay for them and brought only one goal, but these things happen. I’m told he was a lovely kid with the players and the staff and his conduct was fine.
“He kept a low profile because he tried to concentrate on his football, but I heard many times that he didn’t have the fire in his belly, that hunger, despite having all the talent in the world.
“I didn’t see one game where I thought, ‘Wow, that’s what we’re getting for €5 million wages… plus taxes.’ I would have loved it to work out for him.
“It’s a shame the season faded at the end but Sevilla’s budget is one-quarter of Real Madrid’s, so let’s put this in perspective – I’ve seen Sevilla play in the second division.
“The only slight consolation is that because he hasn’t been in Spain for 180 days, there’s a slight tax saving as he didn’t need to become a tax resident of Spain.
“I’m sure the manager is disappointed in private with what happened and my overriding feeling is sadness about it. I’m sure Sevilla’s accountants aren’t impressed either.”
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