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Erik ten Hag hints Manchester United star should first get fit before thinking about future

Erik ten Hag outlines why he likes French forward Anthony Martial at Manchester United.
Anthony Martial of Manchester United. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag suggests Anthony Martial to get fit before thinking of the future

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has suggested striker Anthony Martial to get fit and available before talking about his future.

Martial has had a tough time with fitness throughout this season. The Frenchman has played only 722 minutes this season in all competitions, scoring six goals and assisting two.

Since the World Cup, the former Monaco player has played six games before getting injured following the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Nottingham Forest.

Erik ten Hag asks for patience with Anthony Martial injury issues at Manchester United.
Erik ten Hag has suggested Anthony Martial to get fit before talking about his future (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Here’s what ten Hag said when asked about the future of Martial (h/t Manchester Evening News):

“I don’t think it is the right moment to be the case [talking about future]. I believe in him, every time he is available he really contributes to the team performance, the level of the team is upgrading when he is available. We are working with him to get fit and be available.”

Martial is clearly a talented player who has a frustrating fitness record. As a manager, you cannot plan a whole season around him playing the majority of the games. What it does is reduce trust in the player in due course of time.

Ten Hag confirmed that the Frenchman will miss the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Fulham. With the international break coming up after this game, it would be an opportunity for the 27-year-old. He did return to training but is not fit enough.

Anthony Martial misses Manchester United training ahead of Premier League clash against Arsenal.
Anthony Martial has missed a lot of games due to fitness issues this season. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in November, the onus would have been on Martial to take over the number nine role and score the goals required to do well this season.

The forward has failed to take that chance, while Marcus Rashford has grabbed it with both hands. The latter has played a few games with niggles too. So, the determination is there from his side to make the most of the chances he is getting.

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