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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag makes admission over Anthony Martial role – Manchester Evening News

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Erik ten Hag insists Manchester United play their “best football” with Anthony Martial in the starting XI. Martial has missed a combined 14 weeks of the season through four separate injuries and is yet to complete 90 minutes. The 27-year-old has been already ruled out of United’s League Cup semi-final first leg tie with Nottingham Forest, the 18th game out of 31 he will be absent from. Also read: ‘He can do better’ – Ten Hag discusses Antony’s form Martial has only scored five times since his return from an unsuccessful loan spell with Sevilla 12 months ago. He was substituted in eight successive starts until he sustained a leg injury against Manchester City which caused him to be unavailable for last week’s draw with Crystal Palace and defeat to Arsenal. “He is not constantly injured, he is playing games,” Ten Hag said. “He has to work on that. On that fact, I agree. He has to be more available and he can’t do nothing for it in that sense and sometimes it’s also bad luck. “But sometimes you don’t know what the reason behind it is. But when he is there, he is really important for us because we play our best football when he is available. He has to be aware of that as well. So if we want to be successful, we need him First thing is, he has to be available.” When it was suggested Martial lacked the mentality to constantly make himself available, Ten Hag replied: “I don’t want to set that conclusion. What I said: no one is the same. “I can’t see and I can’t point what it is because if I had I would work on that process to get it turned around.” READ MORE: What Ten Hag told players in the dressing room after defeat Game plan change in 74th minute invited Arsenal onto United United player ratings vs Arsenal Casemiro was missed in the most important moment at Arsenal All the 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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