Official: Erik ten Hag blocked sales of two players but Maguire future hangs


Official: Erik ten Hag blocked sales of two players but Maguire future hangs

Erik ten Hag has blocked Manchester United from selling Anthony Martial this summer and now views the forward as an integral member of his squad.

Martial, who has been at Old Trafford since 2015, appeared destined to leave the club this summer after his struggles in recent years but now looks set to play a key role under Ten Hag this season.

Martial has enjoyed a superb start to United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, scoring in all three of the club’s friendlies.

After holding positive talks with Martial, Ten Hag has now opted to keep France forward in his team, according to The Sun.

Before the start of pre-season, Manchester United was open to selling Martial this summer but he has now forced himself to Ten Hag’s plans following his brilliant performances in pre-season.

Ten Hag also believes he can get more out of Martial but reckons the forward can take his game to a new level.

As per reports, Erik Ten Hag has also blocked the sale of Donny van de Beek by Manchester United this summer.

n Hag has said that Van de Beek will have to do the hard yards to make the starting XI at Old Trafford. He told ESPN:

“It’s the same for every player; he (Van de Beek) has to do it by himself. I was a manager and the coaching staff around him can do everything to set the right conditions so he can perform, but in the end, the player has to do it by himself.”

“They have to take responsibility for their performance. Donny has the capability. I have seen it, but he has to prove himself.”

However, Ten Hag has told Harry Maguire to save his future after being booed by fans during the preseason against Crytal Palace

The crowd’s treatment of Maguire seemed to calm down in the second half in Melbourne, and Ten Hag said: ‘We heard but you see, if you perform, it slows down. I think the team and Harry Maguire were impressed by the way we play.

‘I don’t think it’s the manner to find out if I understand it. It’s about how can we change it. So it’s the team and Harry himself performing. That is what we’re working on, that is the only focus.’

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