Anthony Martial returns to Manchester United training ahead of Europa League clash with Real Sociedad

Anthony Martial returns to Manchester United training ahead of Europa League clash with Real Sociedad

Manchester United have been handed a major boost after Anthony Martial returned to training.

The Frenchman looked a key player under Erik ten Hag during preseason, though has been limited to only four competitive appearances since the start of the campaign.

A combination of hamstring, Achilles and back problems have ruled him out of action and the 26-year-old’s last appearance came during the win over Everton, with Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo deputising up front.

Having scored three times while registering two assists despite his injury-hit season, the United boss will be delighted to have Martial back before the World Cup.

With eyes on the top four, United have favourable-looking games against Aston Villa and Fulham before the Premier League grinds to a halt for the winter World Cup in Qatar.

United head to Real Sociedad on Thursday looking to win their Europa League group and thereby skipping a play-off with a team who drop down from the Champions League group stages.

Should ten Hag’s side beat the La Liga outfit by two goals or more, they will progress as group winners.