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Manchester United back Martial to be solution to offensive problems

Anthony Martial returned to action for Manchester United on Thursday.

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The Frenchman has been beset with injury woes throughout the 2022/23 campaign.

However, he started in United’s League Cup clash with Aston Villa on Thursday.

Manchester United ran out 4-2 winners and Martial scored their first goal.

Following the match, Erik ten Hag expressed his hope that Martial’s return will help out with the Red Devil’s offensive problems.

The Dutch tactician said of having more firepower at his disposal: “Definitely [good to have Martial back]. We have some offensive problems with availability and we need more players available so we can rotate and not always play the same players.

“We have to freshen now and again. You see when we bring [Alejandro] Garnacho on, we can bring Anthony Elanga in, with new energies coming up. We need that if we want to be successful, especially in the front line, we need rotation.”

“I think he’s showing signs with United that the enjoyment is back in his face, the joy of playing is back in his face. I’ve seen him arrive at the far post with a header which is quite staggering, really,” Southgate said on Rashford.

“So there are things that we’ve talked about over the years, I think there’s a good structure to the team there. I think his pressing has also been aided by the structure of the team.

“I think he’s still at his best coming from that left and when he’s running in behind teams is when he’s at his strongest.

“He’s looking more like the player we’ve seen – I still think he can be even more and I hope that we can help with that and that we can benefit from that.”

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