Anthony Martial has told Erik ten Hag that he is ready to shoulder the burden of leading the line for Manchester United as talk continues to grow over a move for PSV star Cody Gakpo.
The 27-year-old France striker was given the chance to resurrect his Old Trafford career after returning from a disappointing loan spell at Sevilla last season.
Indeed, he showed flashes of his early form for United in the early season win over Liverpool. However, he’s struggled for fitness since and has been restricted to just eight appearances in all this season.
The break for the World Cup has, however, given Martial the chance to get back to peak condition. And he is likely to start against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
Despite Martial being fit and Marcus Rashford being in fine form this season, Ten Hag is still expected to make a signing in January to offset the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.
And the main target for the Red Devils boss is his fellow countryman Gakpo.
The PSV star performed well for the Netherlands at the World Cup, scoring three times as they reached the quarter-finals.
And TEAMtalk understands that United are very confident they can get a January deal over the line.
While Gakpo is more of a wide player, his arrival could lead to Rashford switched the No.9 role. However, Martial is confident that the effort he has put in during the World Cup break will pay dividends – if he is trusted to start regularly.
United striker feeling the benefit of World Cup hiatus
Martial said: “We’ve put in a lot of good work and it has been a bit like a pre-season for us. We’ve worked on fitness training and getting into top shape physically, and I’ve benefited a lot from that personally.”
As for United’s chances of carrying on their decent form prior to the World Cup break, Martial added: “We’ve a very good team of players, with a great dynamic about us, a lot of victories already under our belt, we now just have to keep on in those winning ways we have shown in these recent matches.
“Lots of matches coming up now but, apart from those who went to the World Cup, there has been time for some rest, and they will now also have had a few days off, so we hope we will all return in good shape for the challenges ahead and to win all the matches we can.”
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