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Erik ten Hag sends message to Anthony Martial over his Man United future

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Erik ten Hag has told Anthony Martial he isn’t fighting for his Manchester United future despite his ongoing fitness issues this season. Martial has been in training for 10 days after returning from his latest absence, but he is yet to make a matchday squad and the striker won’t be risked in the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham today. The 27-year-old has only played once for United since easing his way through 45 minutes against Manchester City at Old Trafford in January and he’s now missed 30 games this term through five separate absences, including hip, back, Achilles and hamstring problems. READ MORE: United might get away with attacking approach to replacing Casemiro It is 18 months since he last completed 90 minutes for United and only one of his 14 appearances this season has lasted longer than 72 minutes. But Martial has tended to make an impact when he’s been available, scoring six goals and creating two more in just 722 minutes of action, and Ten Hag believes the team performs at a higher level when he starts. Wout Weghorst has started 17 successive games as a result of Martial’s problems this season and the £50million signing from Monaco sees his contract expire at the end of next season, but Ten Hag insists he isn’t yet at a point where he needs to prove his fitness and form to have a long-term future at the club. “I don’t think it is the right moment to be the case. I believe in him, every time he is available he really contributes to the team performance, the level of the team is upgrading when he is available,” said Ten Hag. “We are working with him to get fit and be available.” Martial came off against City as he complained about not feeling right, while in the same game Marcus Rashford played through the pain barrier to score a late winner. Ten Hag said at the time that he wanted his players to be “resilient”, but he admits there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with players. “Every person is different – you have to treat everyone differently,” he said. “This process you have to be careful. I do everything with a strategy behind it to get him available.” READ NEXT: Ten Hag explains McCarthy impact on Rashford Ten Hag gives verdict on Pereira form Ten Hag meets Sir Jim Ratcliffe during takeover talks ‘He has a huge impact’ – United plan without Casemiro All the latest United news and views Story SavedYou can find this story in  My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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