Anthony Martial can benefit from last minute World Cup snub

Karim Benzema suffered an injury which ruled him out of the World Cup at the weekend, a crushing blow for the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.

This led to speculation France could call-up a replacement, with Manchester United forward Anthony Martial in the frame.

In the end manager Didier Deschamps chose not to make any late additions to his squad, choosing to work with the players he already has in Qatar.

This will have been disappointing to Anthony Martial, who has 30 international caps – but none of these have come at at a tournament since Euro 2016.

A succession of injuries this season ultimately blew his chances, despite him showing quality in his brief showings this season.

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Martial can benefit from World Cup snub

Anthony Martial missing out on the World Cup is in his interests from a club perspective, whether he realises it or not.

This season has been so stop-start for him, to the frustration of supporters, himself, and manager Erik ten Hag. He has not been able to get going at all.

He has a new opportunity now with United heading on a winter training camp, and two friendly matches in Spain. It’s a chance to reset and start again, after picking up some momentum in pre-season which was lost due to injury.

Martial has a chance to become Manchester United’s lead striker under Erik ten Hag. He must not squander it.

With Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure confirmed, United need a goalscorer. Anthony Martial has a chance to show Ten Hag he can be the man.

He can do this far more effectively working with the Dutchman over the next month, rather than sitting on the France bench in Qatar.

This is a major boost for Ten Hag. The manager would have dreaded losing Martial for the World Cup after barely being able to utilise him all season.

Martial will have dreamed of the World Cup, but his place at United is not secure. He needs to consolidate his position, and show Ten Hag he can be relied upon.

United will look to sign a striker in one of the next two transfer windows. Martial can ease the urgency if he can demonstrate his fitness and reliability to Ten Hag.

Erik ten Hag aims to be at United for the long haul, and Martial will want to be part of this too. If he can succeed under the Dutchman and thrive over the next four years, taking his career to a new level, then his big international chance will come at World Cup 2026.

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