Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has expressed his delight at Anthony Martial’s recovery from injury.
Martial started in the Carabao Cup win against Aston Villa and put on an incredible performance that reminded fans of what they have missed in his absence and when Cristiano Ronaldo is on the pitch.
Martial capped off his fine performance on Thursday with a second-half goal after Bruno Fernandes layed the ball to him for an easy touch.
Speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow’s game against Fulham, Ten Hag praised the Frenchman for his contributions to the team.
Ten Hag said about Martial: “It’s pretty clear in the way I play, I like the type of Anthony Martial because he can hold the ball, he’s a target, he can link, he can also run behind, he has speed, he can finish and he’s a good player. presser”.
“He plays very well in many aspects of football, I’m happy with that, except for his availability.”
“But we also have others and we have played with Marcus Rashford from nine. We also have Cristiano Ronaldo, so we have more options there.”
Ten Hag added on Martial’s recurring injuries that this is something that both the player and the club were looking into to reduce the frequency of the player’s injuries.
He urged the 26-year-old striker to strive to stay as fit as possible in an effort to ensure he is a regular feature in the starting attacking trio.
Ten Hag’s comments about Martial can be ominous for the fighter Ronaldo.
The coach’s admission that Martial is a player he likes and suits his system like a glove essentially proves what most fans already knew: that Martial is above Ronaldo in the pecking order.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the Portuguese superstar returns and Ten Hag has to make a decision as to who leads the line. Based on the current evidence, Martial is the clear favorite and with good reason.
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