Ten Hag Encouraged To Play United Flop By Club Chiefs To Save Transfer Fee

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and director of football John Murtough in the stands.

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Manchester United may be on the verge of witnessing a splendid comeback from Anthony Martial.

The French forward who was once the most promising name in Manchester fresh from his arrival from Monaco rapidly descended into disuse and frustration as he could not consistently keep up his form in an increasingly competitive squad despite multiple chances offered.

All of this culminated last campaign when the 26-year-old was loaned out to Sevilla. The Spanish stint was not the most rewarding one for all parties involved and there appeared to be a general consensus that Martial’s return from loan would be short-lived with a potential permanent transfer out on the cards.

Having said that, the ongoing pre-season games have displayed the same goal-hungry pacey forward that the United faithful first fell in love with all those years ago. With two goals in as many games, Martial has certainly displayed the kind of offensive flourish which was found lacking in him by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In fact, it appears that the United supporters are not the only ones who believe that Martial could be given another chance at Old Trafford.

According to TalkSports’ Alex Crook, the higher-ups at Old Trafford have encouraged Erik ten Hag to try and seek a role for Martial in his set-up at United.

However, the report does suggest that this probable move is less to ensure that United reward Martial for his recent form and more with an eye to reducing the spending of the club in this transfer market.

Such a move is the precise kind of financial mindset that the Glazers have been criticized for in the past.

However, it does make sense to give Martial one more chance at glory, perhaps until the winter window, wherein any negative form can be amended with a fresh sale and incoming investment.