Anthony Martial has a big season ahead of him if he is to re-establish himself as a regular Manchester United starter.

Martial should get chances with Edinson Cavani, 34, unlikely to start every game.

It is imperative for him that he takes them, because United will be planning a long-term striker solution from 2022 when Cavani’s contract expires.

Martial was unfortunate enough to get injured at the end of the season and missed out on both the Europa League final and Euro 2020.

Before he heads back for pre-season, Martial is getting some fitness work in.

The Frenchman was pictured on Instagram yesterday working out in a gym while on holiday in Greece.

His exercising does not exactly look strenuous, but bear in mind United will have told him not to push his recovery from his knee injury too much.

 

While he was away, Martial has been pictured with teammate Jesse Lingard and former United defender Ashley Young.

Return with optimism

After scoring only seven goals in 2020/21, Martial will be keen to put last season behind him.

This campaign represents a fresh start, and a transfer move for Jadon Sancho works in his favour. It means Martial is more likely to be kept in a central role, and he will benefit from the addition of another top creative player.

Martial will be among the first Manchester United players to return for pre-season in early July.

With Edinson Cavani still at the Copa America, he is likely to return late, and Martial has a chance to start the first Premier League game of the season against Leeds if he knuckles down early on.

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It is a positive to see Martial putting in some early work in now during the off-season. It indicates he is taking his situation seriously and intends on being in top shape for when he returns to Carrington in early July.

A big season lies ahead for him, and he needs to perform, and get back to being the player who netted 23 times in 2019/20.

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