Erik ten Hag backed Anthony Martial to have an important role this season  

Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial of Manchester United
Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial of Manchester United / IMAGO

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has appeared to rule out a summer move for Anthony Martial following his impressive showing in the club’s pre-season friendly this summer. 

The French striker was thought to be on the move this summer after a rough patch last season that saw him spend six months away from Old Trafford on loan at Sevilla.

But it appears he will have a place in Ten Hag’s team following an impressive showing in pre-season so far. The forward scored his first pre-season goal in Tuesday’s 4-0 and has been backed to get ‘even better’ by Erik ten Hag, who was impressed by his goal-scoring display during Manchester United‘s 4-1 win against Melbourne Victory.

“I’m sure he can come back even better,” Ten Hag said. “I think when he has the right focus and the right motivation and he works hard, he will have production because he is a good player.

“I say when he has the right focus, and every day delivers his max, then he will have production and it’s up to him.”

Martial joined Manchester United for £36million in 2015 and has since made over 250 appearances for the club.

He enjoyed his best campaign in 2019-20, when he scored 17 Premier League goals to end the season as the club’s joint-highest scorer alongside Marcus Rashford.