Anthony Martial has spent the last three months on loan at Sevilla and it hasn’t quite gone as planned for the Frenchman. Martial has featured regularly for the Spanish club but an early injury halted his progress.
He has also dealt with criticism from the club’s supporters, with loud jeers heard at one game. Martial was United’s best player in the 2019/20 season but his form has taken a dramatic turn for the worse since then, with Ralf Rangnick sanctioning his exit earlier this year.
Martial is one of several players with uncertain futures at the club and it doesn’t look like Sevilla are interested in making his loan permanent, with a return to United far likelier.
The 26-year-old has now commented on his brief spell in Spain, insisting it’s ‘complicated’ to continue with Julen Lopetegui’s side.
“I see it very complicated to be able to continue at Sevilla. I’m not worried about that right now. I came knowing that it would be six months and then I would surely have to return to Manchester United,” he told ABC Sevilla, via Sport Witness.
“I’m very happy with the experience of playing in a new club, as big as Sevilla and having minutes again. If we manage to be a top four team, we will have achieved the goal and I will be happy for the fans, who have been very good to me since I arrived.”
Martial is likely to be one of the players United look to offload in order to free up funds for signings this summer, with the lack of Champions League football potentially slashing the club’s budget down to £20m.
The France international is one of several forwards out of favour at the club, with Edinson Cavani cutting a frustrated figure in his second campaign.
Martial’s high wages could prove to be a stumbling block in any attempt to find suitors but a prolonged spell at Old Trafford wouldn’t be disastrous – he has, after all, proved that he can do it when he feels like it. It’s up to Ten Hag to change his attitude.