Anthony Martial may have a future at Manchester United despite the club’s ongoing striker search, with Erik ten Hag billing him as a “great player”.

Anthony Martial Given Hope Of Man Utd Stay
Anthony Martial

The France international forward endured another injury-hit campaign in 2022-23, with limited opportunities seeing him register just nine goals through 29 appearances.

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United are now very much in the market for a new No.9 – amid links to the likes of Rasmus Hojlund and Harry Kane – but Martial could still have a role to play in the Red Devils’ plans for 2023-24.

Ten Hag told reporters when asked for an update on Martial, who is yet to figure in pre-season due to a hamstring injury that he picked up in last season’s FA Cup final: “Today he was in the team training, so that is really hopeful.

“And, yeah, of course, when you have player in a squad you expect that he is available and then the players have to take the responsibility to be available.

“But when he’s not I have to deal with the situation and we show that we also then can be successful without that striker.

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“But yeah, of course, it’s more easy when you have that striker in your team because I think every club who wins big trophies has scoring abilities in that team.”

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Pressed further on whether Martial is still in his thinking, Ten Hag added: “We need a good squad and Anthony Martial is a brilliant football player and so he will help us.

“He scored goals and also in other areas of football like pressing, in possession, combinations, he’s a great player and, yeah, let’s hope he will be fit and he stays fit”.

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While leaving the door open for Martial, United are closing in on a deal that will add another striker to their ranks in the summer transfer window.

Ten Hag said of that process: “We make progress, yeah, but you know how it works”.

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