BREAKING: Anthony Martial has already explained his motivation for success at Manchester United this season
The Frenchman has shown signs of improvement since returning to Man United
Anthony Martial is hoping to impress new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag
Anthony Martial has already explained his motivation for success at Manchester United this season.
Martial has had an appropriately rollercoaster start to life under Erik ten Hag. In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo during the pre-season tour, the Frenchman was given the opportunity to play in the centre-forward role for United.
The faith shown in him by the Dutchman was rewarded with three goals in Australia and Thailand. However, as the 26-year-old looked set to start the campaign up top but a hamstring injury curtailed plans. He would return off the bench for the visit of Liverpool to the Theatre of Dreams.
Once again he impressed with his performance, however another injury – this time to his achilles – has prevented him from kicking on for the Reds. Some United supporters may have been surprised with his level of performance considering where Martial was at last season.
Completely out of Ralf Rangnick’s plans, the French striker joined Sevilla on loan in January. This ill-fated move ended with Martial scoring just once in a meagre 11 appearances.
Before this spell in La Liga, Martial admitted a reason why he wishes to impress on the pitch for United. In an interview with The Guardian, he said: “The World Cup for me is an objective.
“I want to be part of this group, and that’s also why I am here today: because I want to play and show that I can be in the squad. I need to play, to show my quality and score goals.”
Martial knows that he has a tough task ahead of him he wishes to reach Qatar. He was last called up for the international squad in October 2021 for Nations League final.
Since then, he has missed World Cup qualifiers, international friendlies and the start of the new Nations League. His start at United under Ten Hag has been good but while injury could scupper the chance of being in Didier Deschamps’ side in November – Martial knows he must impress in order to fulfil his ambition.
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