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 targeted and motivated.

A giant-money signing from Monaco in 2015, the 26-year-old had misplaced his means at Previous Trafford in current occasions 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 provide the France worldwide one other likelihood at United.

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

“I’m positive he can come again even higher,” Ten Hag stated after the primary of United’s three matches in Australia.

“I believe when he has the precise focus and the precise motivation and he works laborious he may have manufacturing as a result of he is an efficient participant.

“I say when he has the precise focus and each day delivers his max then he may have manufacturing and it’s as much as him.”

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

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

Erik ten Hag was not involved by United’s early defensive lapse (AP Photograph/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)


The end was pretty much as good as United’s defending was poor however Ten Hag refused to pick people for criticism.

“I don’t need to discuss concerning the particular person as a result of I believe 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’s not one particular person, it’s extra the group 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 facet it was not that simple.

“From the precise facet I used to be fairly glad and we create so much off the precise facet, 4 or 5 actually good possibilities, we turned across the sport, that was the actually good factor, we don’t come down, we react and we take care of the setback.

“Positive [Jadon Sancho performed well], however I believe the entire proper facet performed rather well as a result of there’s connection between Jadon Sancho and Diogo Dalot and Bruno [Fernandes], Martial and likewise McTominay.”

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

“You noticed towards Liverpool, [De Gea] fell out however he trains already,” he stated. “He’s again on the coaching pitch, no large fear.

“Raphael Varane additionally coaching however one thing small and I count on him again on the coaching pitch.”

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