“He’s been the player who’s spent the most time at Carrington this season and has come back to recover. It’s a real shame he’s disappointed.”
“He’s not always available, he wants me to be always available, because that improves the game. A routine can’t be a routine if it can’t always be available.”
Manchester United gaffer Eric ten Hag has expressed his sympathy for Anthony Martial (via Athletic) following a recent injury setback. The Frenchman has endured his difficult 2023 so far.
labor of love
According to Athletic journalist Karl Anka, Martial suffered an injury on 14 January and was substituted at half-time against Manchester City. Martial then made his return to the team and found the net as a second-half substitute for United’s League Cup victory over Nottingham Forest on 1 February. Palace suffered a hip injury.
French striker Martial has already missed 20 games this season due to injury.
Hamstring injury 31 July to 18 August – 2 games Achilles tendon injury 23 August to 26 September – 5 games Back injury 10 October to 31 October – 6 games Injury details unknown Jan 14 to Jan 30 – 5 games Hip injury Feb 2 TBC 2 games so far
Since joining United in 2015, Martial has missed 70 games due to injury.
For most of his career with the Red Devils, the French ace had the pace to get behind the back line but lacked the strength and instinct to choose his moments accordingly. However, a lackluster loan spell at Sevilla has awakened the forward’s desire to flourish under Ten Hag. This was reflected in his tenacity and drive during United’s summer tour. He became more of an asset for offensive and defensive play – a welcome addition to his string of clinical finishes.Healthy, focused and confident Anthony his Martial will ease United’s need to sign multiple strikers in the summer.
Unfortunately, as Anka writes, even retired Cristiano Ronaldo (1051) and recently-returned Jadon Sancho (965) will play more injured forwards (722) in 2022-23. bottom.
Even newcomer Wout Weghort (498) was able to amass more playing time than Marital before the campaign ended. United’s fleeting presence as the No. 9 has made Martial more of a “nice-to-have” bonus player than a mainstay in Ten Hag’s squad.
Anka wrote in an interview with France Football five months ago that Martial gave his thoughts on the disappointing results of the 2021/22 season. The forward said he played through the 2020-21 season and most of the 2021-22 season in pain. He went on to say that from August 2020 he was unable to accelerate properly during December.
Honorably, Marshall gave a candid assessment of his situation in an interview.
“People say I’m inconsistent, and it’s true. It often works well when I have a place for it, but when it’s not being used much, the performance isn’t the same.” It’s a vicious circle: less plays, less efficiency, more plays, and sometimes it slips away.A player like Cavani is 3,000 per cent in just a few minutes. .”
A cruel twist of fate
Journalist Anka has highlighted the sad truth about United’s ill-fated forward. rice field. Now Stryker finds himself in a precarious situation where the opposite is true. He now has a clear picture of what he needs upstairs to deliver to boss Ten Hag, but is at odds with his body to make it happen.
Anthony Martial had to dig deep and empty his reservoir of resilience and endurance to keep fighting for regular football.
I can only hope that Martial’s fortunes will change and fate will do him better for the rest of his United career.
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