Anthony Martial could be set for an unlikely recall to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s first team plans after the Norwegian hinted the Frenchman still has a part to play at Manchester United.
The 25-year-old found himself falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford last season thanks to injuries and the emergence of Mason Greenwood.
The academy product made 16 more appearances than Martial in the campaign just gone, as the Frenchman failed to find any consistency.
He scored just four goals in the top-flight after being handed just 17 starts in the Premier League by Solskjaer, compared to Greenwood’s 21.
Martial’s hopes of resurrecting his United career appeared to take another blow when the signing of Jadon Sancho was announced on Friday.
United have paid Borussia Dortmund £72million for the England international, who will expect to arrive as the first-choice right-winger at Old Trafford.
With Greenwood ahead of him in the pecking order, with Dan James another option on the right, Martial’s time at United had appeared to be over.
With his contract running until the summer of 2024, Martial is a player who United can bring in a substantial fee for.
While his high wages would prove to be a stumbling block to any move, it is unlikely the Red Devils will want to leave a top earner on the fringes of their squad.
But rather than be on the periphery at Old Trafford, Martial has been sent a hint that he could still play a part under Solskjaer.
Martial was left out of the United squad which suffered an embarrassing loss to Queens Park Rangers in the second game of their pre-season programme.
Greenwood started up front, with Dan James and Facundo Pellistri selected on the wings as Solskjaer trialled a new 4-3-3 system.
But goals from Charlie Austin and Moses Odubajo as well as a double from Lyndon Dykes saw Mark Warburton’s second tier side humble the Premier League giants.
With United struggling to find the right combination in attack without their main starters Marcus Rashford and Sancho, Solskjaer has hinted Martial could stay in Manchester.
Speaking after the defeat, the Norwegian made his delight at Sancho’s arrival clear and insisted United now have one of the best groups of attacking players in England.
“It shows the fans that we mean business,” he told Sky Sports when asked about the signing of Sancho.
“We hope that we’ve got one of the best forwards in England for the next 10, 12 years. We’ve got Marcus – 23, we’ve got Mason who is a young lad.
“So we have got an English core there and then we’ve got the added experience with Edinson, Anthony, Bruno, Jesse is coming back. So I think the forward line is looking really good.”
Martial is currently recovering from the ruptured knee ligament injury that curtailed his campaign last season but he could surprisingly be seen in a United shirt again.