Erik ten Hag seemingly ended any doubt about Anthony Martial’s Manchester United future by backing the ahead to get “even higher” if he can keep centered and motivated.

An enormous-money signing from Monaco in 2015, the 26-year-old had misplaced his approach at Previous Trafford in latest instances and joined Sevilla on mortgage for the second half of final season.

Martial’s unhappiness was laid naked by interim boss Ralf Rangnick, however everlasting successor Ten Hag seems eager to offer the France worldwide one other probability at United.

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Highlights of the membership friendlies sport between Melbourne Victory and Manchester United.

The ahead scored in Tuesday’s 4-0 win in opposition to Liverpool in Thailand and netted once more as United got here from behind to beat Melbourne Victory 4-1 on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.

“I am certain he can come again even higher,” Ten Hag stated. “I feel when he has the fitting focus and the fitting motivation and he works arduous he may have manufacturing as a result of he is an effective participant.

“I say when he has the fitting focus and day by day delivers his max then he may have manufacturing and it is as much as him.”

Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Rajamangala Stadium on July 12, 2022 in Bangkok
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Martial scored in United’s 4-0 thrashing of rivals Liverpool in Thailand on Tuesday

‘Pack of playing cards’ – Ten Hag on United’s defending

Ten Hag was happy to see United’s arduous work on the coaching floor in motion once more on Friday, when Marcus Rashford and Edmond Lupancu’s personal objective wrapped up the comeback win.

A deflected Scott McTominay shot and Martial’s objective had turned the match on its head simply earlier than the break after United fell behind within the fifth minute to a Chris Ikonomidis strike.

The end was nearly as good as United’s defending was poor however Ten Hag refused to select people for criticism.

Melbourne Victory's Chris Ikonomidis celebrates after scoring against Manchester United (AP)
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Melbourne Victory’s Chris Ikonomidis celebrates after scoring in opposition to Manchester United (AP)

“I do not need to discuss concerning the particular person as a result of I feel it was from the beginning excessive up the pitch,” the Dutchman stated.

“The fallacious decisions after which it finally ends up like a pack of playing cards. It is not one particular person, it’s extra the crew who made errors. Second sport, completely totally different method from the opponent.

“They stand actually again, actually compact, we needed to create by ourselves and from the left aspect, it was not that simple.

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Scott McTominay says the United gamers are already benefitting from Erik ten Hag’s information and is happy by the contemporary begin he and his teammates are experiencing.

“From the fitting aspect I used to be fairly happy and we create loads off the fitting aspect, 4 or 5 actually good possibilities, we turned across the sport, that was the actually good factor, we do not come down, we react and we cope with the setback.

“Positive (Jadon Sancho carried out nicely) however I feel the entire proper aspect performed rather well as a result of there is a good connection between Jadon Sancho and Diogo Dalot and Bruno (Fernandes), Martial and likewise McTominay.”

Marcus Rashford is congratulated by team-mates after scoring Man Utd's third goal (AP)
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Marcus Rashford is congratulated by team-mates after scoring Man Utd’s third objective (AP)

David de Gea and Rapahel Varane had been conspicuous by their absence from the matchday squad in Melbourne, however Ten Hag stated the problems that stored them out weren’t critical.

“You noticed in opposition to Liverpool (De Gea) fell out however he trains already,” he stated. “He’s again on the coaching pitch, no huge fear. Raphael Varane additionally coaching however one thing small and I anticipate him again on the coaching pitch.”

What’s subsequent for Man Utd?

United stay in Melbourne for Tuesday’s pre-season pleasant in opposition to Crystal Palace (11.10am), earlier than travelling to Perth to face Aston Villa on July 23 (10.45am).

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