What could have been: Anthony Martial’s trip to Man United will end soon – Reuters

The move of French striker Anthony Martial and his subsequent debut for Manchester United in 2015-16 held so much promise. But after a lackluster loan spell at Spanish side Sevilla, it looks like the Frenchman could be shown the way out as new manager Erik Ten Hag looks set to add new players to his squad who he will also need to consider. unload a few.

In 2015-16, Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United beat competition from Manchester City and PSG to sign the talented striker. And the former Monegasque made himself an instant hero with a debut goal against Liverpool. However, apart from his debut season and the second half of the 2019-20 season, the 26-year-old failed to put in top-notch performances.

After dropping down the pecking order during the 2021-22 season, it looked like a move to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium would help him regain his form and United hoped the loan would play out in the same way as the temporary exit of Jesse Lingard at West Ham.

However, it ended up being quite the opposite. Martial ultimately made just nine La Liga appearances and scored one solitary goal – a strike against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.

He started quite promisingly but fitness and form issues meant his minutes kept dropping and since April 17 the France international has only played 23 minutes and hasn’t even not made the squad for the last game.

Athletic spoke to Sevilla-based agent Kenneth Asquez, who often deals with the Spanish club, and he summed up Martial’s temporary switch saying: “Of course Sevilla are disappointed with the way Martial has It was a huge expense for them and it only brought one goal, but these things happen.

“He kept a low profile because he tried to focus on football, but I heard many times that he didn’t have the fire in his stomach, that hunger, despite all the talent in the world. .” It’s something that even manager Julen Lopetegui had also mentioned.

After attracting interest from all the top clubs, the former Golden Boy winner is set to return to Manchester with no potential suitors vying for his signature.

Martial still has a year left in his contract with the Red Devils having the option to extend it for another year.

Ten Hag has promised to speak to each player and decide for himself, but Martial seems unlikely to stay with the 20-time England champions.

Selling him won’t be easy as the English giants will have to take a big hit and lower their valuation while the player himself will have to lower his wage demands if he wants to move.

There have even been talks of a swap deal with Benfica with Darwin Nunez coming to Manchester. Given these famous beginnings, it will be a sad end to Martial’s United’s adventure.

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