Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training ahead of Manchester United’s weekend match with Aston Villa.
The return of the club’s top goalscorer is a major boost for the club, and he was not the only player returning.
Jadon Sancho, Phil Jones and Harry Maguire were all pictured after missing out on FA Cup clash for various reasons.
Anthony Martial notably present and happy
One player also at training which was particularly notable amid ongoing speculation over his future, is wantaway Frenchman Anthony Martial.
Martial has not played yet under new boss Ralf Rangnick, with his last appearance coming as a late substitute in the win over Arsenal.
Despite this Martial looked in great spirits, cracking a big smile as he was spotted by Carrington’s cameras.
Martial is currently in limbo with United making him available for loan transfer, on the condition any interested club pay a small fee and his entire wages.
This has put off Sevilla, who had an earlier approach for him rejected, with Spanish newspaper AS reporting they have now turned to an alternative.
According to 90min, Juventus are preparing an offer to loan Martial, but for now he remains with United.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has not been considering him for selection, and has instead preferred youngster Anthony Elanga, which is no doubt strengthening Martial’s desire to move on.
A fortnight still remains in the transfer window and it is in Martial’s interests to force a move through, but he is not sulking his way through to January 31 and burning his bridges.
There is a very real possibility he ends the window as a United player, and in this case, Ralf Rangnick will expect him to knuckle down and refocus, and may start considering him for first team selection.
Showing a positive attitude now, as he appears to be, could pay off later down the line if he does not get the transfer away from the club he is looking for.
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