Man United loanees Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek all smiles on the first day of pre-season


Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial arrived at Carrington today for pre-season training – and looked very glad to be back after months out on loan.

The pair fell far out of favour under previous regimes at Old Trafford, failing to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nor his successor, Ralf Rangnick, but they will be hoping to resurrect their Manchester United careers with new boss Erik ten Hag.

Van de Beek, 25, strode into the training ground with a broad smile on his face after six months on loan at Everton, where he made seven appearances and scored one goal.

Donny van de Beek was back at Manchester United for pre season training after a loan spell

Forward Anthony Martial has been on loan at Sevilla, but they did not want to buy him

Forward Anthony Martial has been on loan at Sevilla, but they did not want to buy him

The Holland international was handed a lifeline at United with the appointment of ten Hag having played just 70 Premier League minutes for the club in the first half of the season.

It continued the uncertain future the 25-year-old has faced since arriving from Ajax in a £40million deal in 2020, having been handed just four starts in the top flight last season by Solskjaer.

Soon after his appointment in April, ten Hag indicated he would include van de Beek, whom he coached at Ajax, in his pre-season squad.

Meanwhile, Martial’s enthusiastic grin may have hidden some nerves on his return to Carrington after his loan spell at Sevilla.

United full back Brandon Williams made 29 appearances on loan at Norwich last season

United full back Brandon Williams made 29 appearances on loan at Norwich last season

Goalkeeper David de Gea looked like he had never been away striding into the building

Goalkeeper David de Gea looked like he had never been away striding into the building

The Frenchman, 26, signed for United for £36million as an exciting 19-year-old from Monaco in 2015, but has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford.

At Sevilla, he made 12 appearances, scoring once, and the Spanish club decided against making the move permanent. It appears interest in Martial, who is available for transfer, is particularly low.

Sportsmail reported last week that United are reluctantly expecting the forward to stay at the club this season and ten Hag will have to accommodate him in his plans.

Another loanee, Brandon Williams, who spent last season at Norwich City, where he established himself and made 29 appearances, was also back in the building, although United are believed to be open to offers for the 21-year-old full back. 

Ten Hag's Manchester United era is officially underway as the new boss arrives for his first day

Ten Hag’s Manchester United era is officially underway as the new boss arrives for his first day

Newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren was also pictured pulling up at Carrington

Newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren was also pictured pulling up at Carrington

Manchester United defender Phil Jones, linked with a transfer away, also drove in on Monday

Manchester United defender Phil Jones, linked with a transfer away, also drove in on Monday

England defender Luke Shaw pulled up for his first training session after the summer break

England defender Luke Shaw pulled up for his first training session after the summer break

David de Gea, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones were among the first-team stars to also arrive at Carrington on the first day of ten Hag’s new era. The Dutch boss arrived on Monday at 8am at the training ground, driven by a chauffeur.

Ten Hag was announced as the new United manager in April, replacing interim manager, Rangnick, who has left the club. He began preparations for his role in May but will now undertake training for the first time with his Red Devils players. 

Newly appointed assistant coach Steve McClaren was also pictured pulling up at Carrington, 21 years after leaving his role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s No 2 at Old Trafford. 

Several first-team stars will not be in attendance after playing in June’s Nations League international matches, for example Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

But despite a sizeable number of absentees still enjoying their holidays, there will still be 15 senior players turning up for their first season under ten Hag – including out-of-favour England duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

Ten Hag was appointed to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick in April and his work starts now

Ten Hag was appointed to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick in April and his work starts now

He will have plenty of work to do, given they finished sixth in the Premier League last season, 13 points off the Champions League places. 

The Red Devils narrowly pipped West Ham to the second Europa League qualifying spot, just about missing out on the ignominy of the third-tier Europa Conference League. 

Their total of 58 points was still their worst total in 32 years, and 35 points off the eventual total of champions – and fierce rivals – Manchester City. 



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