Manchester United must unleash Martial

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4/2/2023 | 12:10pm

Manchester United have enjoyed a revival in recent months under Erik ten Hag, with the Old Trafford outfit losing just once since the resumption of domestic action following the 2022 World Cup.

There is a good feeling at United right now, and it appears that the Dutchman is ready to take the club into a new era. They made it through to the Carabao Cup final following a semi-final victory over Nottingham Forest in midweek, and Ten Hag has the chance to end the Red Devils’ six-year trophy drought against Newcastle United later this month.

It was a composed performance against Forest, with goals from Anthony Martial and Fred securing a comfortable win.

January signing Wout Weghorst didn’t have the greatest of matches, recording just one shot all night and failing to score with a straightforward chance, and Ten Hag should consider unleashing Martial from the start against Crystal Palace.

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The Frenchman has struggled with injury so far this term, missing 18 matches due to a variety of issues. However, he has still managed to score six goals in 14 games, a return which would surely improve if he is granted a sustained run of matches.

His display after replacing Weghorst in midweek was like watching the Martial of 2019/20. Despite playing only 27 minutes, he received a Sofascore rating of 7.3/10, scoring once and making two key passes during his cameo appearance.

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There is no doubt that this will rebuild his confidence and put him in a positive frame of mind ahead of the next few months.

Palace have conceded 11 goals since Boxing Day, and Martial…


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