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Manchester United have U-turned on Anthony Martial after Erik ten Hag stepped in, based on reports. The France international had previously been deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. But with Cristiano Ronaldo’s future up within the air, the 26-year-old is now poised to remain put.

Manchester United have seen Martial blow cold and warm over time, ever since his arrival from Monaco back in the summertime transfer window of 2015.

But he’s looked rejuvenated during pre-season up to now, netting three goals from three games.

And, now, The Mirror say United will likely be keeping Martial on the club after Ten Hag stepped in and intervened over his future.

It’s stated that, previously, the Red Devils were willing to let the France international go – either permanently or on loan.

Yet Ten Hag has now ‘put a block on that’, feeling he can’t afford to lose the 26-year-old this summer.

While Ten Hag has said he wants Ronaldo to remain publicly, the forward’s future stays up within the air.

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Real Madrid, in addition to Chelsea and Bayern Munich, have ruled themselves out of the race to sign the veteran.

But such is Ronaldo’s determination to play within the Champions League that he’s willing to take a 30 per cent pay cut from whoever he moves to next.

Martial’s United profession seemed to be drawing to a detailed when he was allowed to hitch Sevilla back within the January transfer window.

He struggled during his time in La Liga, netting only once.

But with goals against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in pre-season, he’s now set to remain.

It’s also claimed Martial, in addition to Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, are looking more likely to start for United after they lock horns with Brighton of their Premier League opener on August 7.

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Ten Hag is reportedly planning for that match without Ronaldo, who isn’t expected to be match-fit within the event that he stays.

The Portugal international is currently off for ‘personal reasons’, as an alternative of his desire to secure a move away.

Ten Hag did say earlier this week, though, that he wanted the 37-year-old to remain as he looks to hit the bottom running at Old Trafford.

“Everyone knows Ronaldo is a top skilled and he will likely be fit, that’s the last concern I actually have,” he stated.

“He’s training.

“I actually have set my demand. We wish to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad.

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“Cristiano is able to doing that. In his profession, he has shown every little thing.

“The players dictate the way in which you play. Especially players who rating goals because they’re extremely vital for a team. You construct your team around them.

“I believe we’ve scoring players and the primary two games already showed that.”

Regarding Martial, meanwhile, former United star Lee Sharpe thinks the striker is ‘like a £60million signing’ given his pre-season heroics.

“I believe Martial on his day is unplayable,” said Sharpe.

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“I believe he’s that good. That’s what frustrates fans, knowing he’s that good but not doing it week-in, week-out.

“I don’t know the lad personally so I’m unsure whether he’s completely satisfied playing out wide, or if he prefers playing as a number nine.

“If he desires to be a number nine, and Ten Hag is completely satisfied for him to be there, and if Martial puts the work in, then United have a surprise package.

“A £50-60m recent player in case you like because on his day he’s unbelievable with quick feet. He can rating goals and create for others and he’s a unbelievable talent.

“If United get one of the best of Martial then everybody will likely be completely satisfied.”

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