Ten Hag told ‘unplayable’ Man Utd star like a ‘£60m new player’ after preseason surge

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Ten Hag told to drop McTominay Credit: PA Images
Ten Hag told to drop McTominay Credit: PA Images

Former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe believes Anthony Martial can be like a “£60m new player” if he “puts the work in” under Erik ten Hag.

Martial has scored in each of United’s three friendlies this summer, particularly shining in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

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The 26-year-old endured a difficult 2021-22 campaign, scoring just two goals having spent the first half of the season at Old Trafford and the second on loan with Sevilla.

It was thought Martial would again be surplus to requirements this season and could leave the club, either on loan or in a permanent deal.

But he’s led the line for the Red Devils in preseason and thrived in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

And Sharpe believes Martial, who’s “unplayable” on his day, can be a success under Ten Hag this season.

Sharpe told 888sport (via talkSPORT): “I think Martial on his day is unplayable. I think he’s that good. That’s what frustrates fans, knowing he’s that good but not doing it week-in, week-out.”

“I don’t know the lad personally so I’m unsure whether he is happy playing out wide, or if he prefers playing as a number nine.

“If he wants to be a number nine, and Ten Hag is happy for him to be there, and if Martial puts the work in, then United have a surprise package.

“A £50-60m new player if you like because on his day he’s unbelievable with quick feet. He can score goals and create for others and he’s a fantastic talent.

“If United get the best of Martial then everybody will be happy.”

There is still doubt as to whether Ronaldo will return to the club having revealed his desire to leave.

Fabrizio Romano claims that it is going to be a “very slow” process this summer if Ronaldo does indeed end up leaving with Ten Hag requesting a meeting with the striker.

“Man Utd are still very clear,” Romano said. “They insist that Cristiano is not for sale and that they really want to keep Cristiano at the club.

“And Erik ten Hag is waiting to have a new meeting, a new conversation, face-to-face with Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, to discuss about the future because the feeling of Erik ten Hag is that it was a very good conversation, the first one that they had once he was announced as manager.

“So, I’m really curious to see what happens because Erik ten Hag is still waiting and hoping to keep Cristiano at the club.

“And what I’m told is that Cristiano Ronaldo is very happy with Erik ten Hag. He considers Erik ten Hag a top manager, the perfect man to do it at Man Utd, to rebuild Man Utd.

“But the real problem is about the ambition of the club, the signings, the rebuilding of the team. This is what Cristiano wanted to see but Man Utd at the moment is still in early stages and this why Cristiano Ronaldo asked to leave the club.”

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