The tasks that MU owners assigned to Ten Hag during his first season are private between the two parties, but it seems that ensuring the club’s return to the Champions League will be the number one ambition on the list and Man United just broke into the top 4 in an unexpected season of the Premier League.
Another wish of those running Man United, more specifically co-owner Joel Glazer, is for Anthony Martial to once again become a key element of the team after struggling with the final stages of his career. the era of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. Not every fan knows this, but Martial is a Glazer favorite, once rumored to have compared the Frenchman to the late great Pele.
Martial hasn’t always caught the eye of every Man United manager since his arrival in 2015, Jose Mourinho wasn’t particularly interested in the former Monaco striker and would have actually tried to sell him otherwise. late intervention from Glazer himself.
At the time, the Red Devils wanted to cash in on Martial to generate the money needed to sign Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona. Despite the obvious benefits, the American businessman stepped in and ensured that Martial would stay.
Ten Hag tried to exploit Martial’s full potential before considering selling him, but it is because he himself has seen Martial’s strengths that are suitable for the style of play he wants to operate for the Red Devils. The former Ajax coach has repeatedly praised the ability of the French striker and showed that he will respect him. In the context that MU has just broken up with Ronaldo and has not received the service of Sancho, Ten Hag is still not planning to buy the striker because he believes in Martial.
For that reason, Martial’s promising performance is good news for the Dutch coach. Instead of trying to kick him out of the first team like some of his predecessors, Ten Hag often lets Martial play whenever the 27-year-old is fit. Whether starting or coming off the bench, Martial has featured in nearly every United game he can this season.
Fitness is still at the root of all of Martial’s problems, but he has struggled to play a lot in Man United’s last four league games and has even scored or assisted with frequency. With crucial January games against both Manchester City and Arsenal, Ten Hag will need Martial to prove that Joel Glazer was right to intervene and keep him on as the Reds continue to chase Champions League spots.
Thanh Vu | 18:55 January 3, 2023