Erik ten Hag has demanded focus and motivation from Anthony Martial as the striker looks to ensure his Manchester United future.
Martial’s United career seemed to be ebbing to a disappointing conclusion when he was loaned out to Sevilla in January.
The France international hardly set the world alight in Andalusia, either, scoring just once across 12 games in all competitions.
He has returned to United ahead of the 2022-23 campaign and has so far looked sharp in pre-season, netting in a 4-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday and in Friday’s 4-1 victory over Melbourne Victory.
Ten Hag is confident there is more to come from the 26-year-old, who he says must be fully committed to getting the best out of himself.
The Dutchman told reporters in Australia: “I’m sure he can come back even better.
“I think when he has the right focus and the right motivation and he works hard he will have production because he is a good player.
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“I say when he has the right focus and every day delivers his maximum then he will have production and it’s up to him.”
Depending on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, Martial is likely to compete with Marcus Rashford for a place on the left of United’s attack under Ten Hag, who has been impressed with the link-up he has seen between Jadon Sancho, right-back Diogo Dalot and playmaker Bruno Fernandes on the opposite flank.
“From the right side I was quite satisfied and we create a lot off the right side, four or five really good chances, we turned around the game, that was the really good thing, we don’t come down, we react and we deal with the setback,” said Ten Hag, whose team fell behind on Friday before going on to win comfortably.
“Sure, Sancho [performed well], but I think the whole right side played really well because there’s a good connection between Jadon Sancho and Diogo and Bruno [Fernandes].”