Anthony Martial leaving Man Utd could pave way for £37m talent with ‘top, top potential’

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Anthony Martial’s impending departure to Sevilla could allow Manchester United to hand much-needed game time to youngster Amad next season. The 19-year-old was a big-money signing in January 2021 but has had to wait patiently for opportunities since then.

United are set to allow forward Martial to join Sevilla this week. The former Monaco ace will leave on loan but is expected to depart permanently in the summer window.  

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that a deal for the La Liga title hopefuls to sign the Frenchman is complete.  

Martial has wanted to leave Old Trafford for some time due to a lack of regular minutes. 

The 26-year-old was a £50million signing in 2015 and started his United career in phenomenal form, but his reputation has subsided in recent years. He has been overshadowed by several big-name arrivals. 

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Martial has started just two Premier League matches this term and seemingly had a public falling out with interim boss Ralf Rangnick after the recent 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.  

Rangnick claimed that Martial refused to be part of the squad for the clash. Martial insisted that was not true before Rangnick insisted that the matter was resolved a few days later.  

But it now seems that Martial will depart. His exit could free up a first-team spot for young winger Amad.  

The former Atalanta star has been gradually introduced to life at senior level. He played eight times during his first half-season at the club but has made just one appearance in 2021-22. 

Anthony Elanga, the 19-year-old Swedish forward, appears to have jumped ahead of Amad under Rangnick.  

Amad might benefit from moving up the pecking order following Martial’s departure, though. The latter has played 367 minutes this term, which is game time that would aid the Ivorian’s development.  

After all, Amad is highly rated at United and they should want to put to good use a talent who they are likely to end up spending around £37m on.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on the winger, who scored his first United goal against AC Milan in the Europa League last season. 

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“He’s still a young lad, he’s 18 but of course we see top, top potential in him,” the now-departed Solskjaer told Sky Sports in March 2021.  

“He’s a very good lad, very likeable, he works hard. Of course he needs to adapt to a new country, a new language. 

“He doesn’t speak English well enough still to feel confident enough to engage in the conversations – but that’s coming, he’s learning. 

“We believe he has the attributes mentally, technically and physically to be a top player for us.”

And should Martial depart permanently in the summer, Amad may be given the extra opportunities to prove that potential for United.

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