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Ten Hag wants Martial to prove he can deliver for Man Utd.

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Anthony Martial has scored in both Man Utd's pre-season friendlies after his return from the bleak loan spell in Spain.

The Dutchman believes Anthony Martial can rejuvenate his Manchester United career.

Erik Ten Hag has handed Anthony Martial an opportunity to revive his career after suggesting that the Frenchman “will produce” so far he has “the right focus, the right motivation and he works hard.”

The 26-year-old scored in both Man United's pre-season friendly wins against Liverpool and Melbourne Victory after his miserable loan spell at Sevilla in the second half of the 2021-22 season that saw him score just once in 12 games.

However, former Ajax coach Ten Hag reckons he can help the forward rediscover top form.

"I'm sure he can come back even better," the Dutchman stated. "I think, when he has the right focus and the right motivation and he works hard, he will produce because he's a good player.

"When he has the right focus and every day delivers much, then he will produce - but it's up to him."

United went behind after just five minutes as their back four got exposed, and the hosts Melbourne Victory took advantage through Chris Ikonomidis, who found the net with a low strike.

But, Scott McTominay equalised in the 43rd minute before Martial made it 2-1 at the brink of half-time and a second-half goal from Marcus Rashford plus a late own goal ensured Ten Hag's team registered a win.

First goal was a setback.

"The first goal was a setback. It cannot happen, but it happened," the 52-year-old said.

"I don't want to talk about the individual, because I think it was from the start high up the pitch, the wrong choices, then it ends up [collapsing] like a pack of cards.

"It's not one individual, it is more the team who made mistakes. It was the second game and we turned it around - that was the really good thing. We didn't get down, we reacted and we dealt with the setback.

Ten Hag was impressed with United's youngsters on tour.

When quizzed about Tyrell Malacia, Charlie Savage, and Zidane Iqbal's displays in the second half, the 56-year-old replied: "This is why we brought them.

"I want to make an impression on all the players and they got the chance to show what they are capable of – if they can contribute immediately or whether or not they need a loan period.

"It's good that United has so many talents. They also need improvement and development."

United have four more friendlies against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Atletico Madrid, and Rayo Vallecano before their Premier League campaign resumes in August.

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