Date: 9th June 2022 at 12:43pm
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Manchester United raised many eyebrows when they forked out a then world-record fee for a teenager, in spending an initial £36m on AS Monaco’s Anthony Martial in 2015.

However, the forward was highly rated across European football, with former Red Devil Louis Saha dubbing him “the next Thierry Henry”.

Expectations were understandably high, and a fine solo goal on his debut against rivals Liverpool immediately enamoured him with the United faithful. He went on to score an impressive 11 goals in his debut Premier League campaign, and despite a poor following season, he continued to score more as the seasons went on.

His finest goalscoring season, a 17-goal haul in the 2019/20 season, suggested that those around Old Trafford were finally starting to see a glimpse of the player that had initially been sold to them.

However, the Frenchman quickly fell out of favour in the two seasons following, having scored a combined five league goals across the 2020/21 season and half of last season for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

It was this rut that led to Rangnick shipping the 26-year-old out to Spain on loan, with Sevilla happy to accept the player. It marked a chance for Martial to potentially revitalise what seemed to be a dying career, however, his stint in Spain has only damaged his reputation further.

Blighted by a muscle injury and continuing his poor form, the £14.4m-rated dud could not find the net in nine La Liga appearances. This means that this season, across two different teams, the former French international has only mustered a pathetic three goal contributions.

It seems a shame that a player once likened to one of the Premier League’s greatest players of all time, and who Gary Neville once gushed over, disappoint so much:

“He’s made a big impression on all of us. I never thought he’d even be close to [being this good] but he’s shown in the first couple of weeks he’s got the composure to score goals”, he said in 2015.

His performances for Sevilla, of which Spanish publication AS labelled the move a ‘disaster’, had earned him a mediocre 6.51 average SofaScore rating. It appears that this loan has only furthered the regression of such a promising talent.

A man who offered so much excitement, coming to Old Trafford as a teenager and becoming such a fan favourite, it has been tough to watch the fall of Anthony Martial.

The best Ten Hag can hope for now is to ship the £250k-per-week flop anywhere he can, although this loan move will have done little to endear himself to any potential suitors.

In other news, Ten Hag could find Man Utd’s own Ruben Dias in swoop for “underrated” £38.5m “boss”.


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