Anthony Martial has not been excluded from the squad; instead, the striker is undergoing an individual training program.
Since mid-December, Martial has been unavailable for the United squad due to an unspecified illness. A recent report from the Daily Mail suggests that Erik ten Hag has determined Martial is not sufficiently fit to train with the rest of the team, leading to the forward’s separation from the first-team group.
Nevertheless, Martial‘s individual training program is a routine practice at the club for players returning after a period of absence from the team. Players like Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, and Mason Mount have similarly undergone periods of individual training to ensure they are adequately prepared before rejoining regular training sessions.
It’s important to note that Martial’s situation differs from that of Jadon Sancho, who experienced exclusion from the first team before his transfer to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.
Anthony Martial was a regular presence in the Manchester United lineup until he fell ill. Before his illness, he had participated in 13 Premier League matches, with only five of those being starts. He scored one league goal in the 3-0 victory over Everton in November.
Anthony Martial, despite being linked with a departure from Old Trafford, seems inclined to stay for the rest of the season. He has reportedly turned down offers from Marseille, Fenerbahce, and clubs in Saudi Arabia. Martial’s contract is set to expire in the summer, with the possibility of extending it for another year as per the terms of his deal.