Anthony Martial will be looking to cement himself back in the Manchester United starting XI following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo when the Red Devils return to action..
Erik ten Hag has to install the confidence back into Anthony Martial in order to get the best out of the Manchester United forward ahead of the second-half of the season.
That’s an opinion held by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who believes Ten Hag must push the Frenchman to become “one of the best players” at the club. Martial made the £36million move to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015 and has since netted 83 times in 276 appearances during his seven-year stint at the Red Devils
Having struggled for game time under Ralf Rangnick, Martial spent six months out on loan at Sevilla, where he failed to find the net in nine LaLiga matches. However, following the arrival of Ten Hag as the club’s new manager, Martial was given a new lease of life in pre-season and looked sharp.
Although Martial has had an injury-hit start to the season, the 27-year-old has been impressive when fit, having grabbed four goals and two assists in seven games. With Martial set to try and force his way back into the United side after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Schweinsteiger has challenged Ten Hag to get Martial back firing.
“His potential is immense,” Schweinsteiger said of Martial in an interview with MUTV. “I remember very well when he arrived at United, and he scored the goal against Liverpool in a special way.
“With him, you need to give him confidence. But you also need to push him sometimes, you know, and then he can be one of the best players. But he has to understand that first, you know, and that’s the job of the coaches and also the team-mates.
If you play with someone like him, you want to see the quality of this player all the time. You expect it because you know what this player is able to do. When I played with him, my goal was always to put him in the right position with the ball.