Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag has a reputation for his work on the training ground and he’s already making an impact with some players. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial played an important role off the bench for United in Cyprus. The last time Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were on the scoresheet in the same game before Thursday night Manchester United ended up hitting nine, thrashing a bedraggled Southampton at an empty Old Trafford in February 2021.
Rashford and Martial came off the bench to save United from embarrassment in Cyprus and while the strength in depth is pleasing, they won’t find themselves in reserve too often this season. If you were asked to pick United’s best front three after Ten Hag was appointed in April, Rashford and Martial would have been way down the list, especially if you’d been told the club would spend £85.5million on another winger in the summer.
But now Rashford and Martial look undroppable. The former has to take Sancho’s place on the left and, as incredible as it sounds to say, Martial is a better option than Cristiano Ronaldo at No. 9. A front three of Rashford, Martial and Antony would be ideal at Goodison Park this weekend. The way Ten Hag has transformed the careers of two players who were low on confidence and the subject of intense criticism last season speaks volumes for his man management and, most crucially of all, his ability to develop players.