Martial scored his first goal of his loan spell at Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday, but Manchester United will try to avoid a mistake they made after Lingard’s absence.
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Martial has been sent to La Liga in January on a contract until the end of the season, after falling out of favor at Old Trafford under caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.
The striker has struggled to impress at the Reds in recent seasons, as he found it difficult to live up to his status as the world’s most expensive player when he arrived from Monaco.
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The Frenchman’s magic at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán began with two appearances from the bench.
Despite not scoring in either of those games, he did enough to convince Julen Lopetegui to give him a starting spot for Thursday’s Europa League first leg against Dinamo Zagreb.
Ivan Rakitic led Sevilla with a penalty in the 13th minute, before Mislav Orsic equalized four minutes before half-time.
But there was still time in the first half for Martial to open his account for his new club, shooting from inside the box to send the game past Zagreb 3-1.
United will be delighted that Martial has ended a goal drought that began in October.
But they must also be wary of making the same mistake that happened to a player who is leaving on a free transfer Lingard.
There are no buy-in options in Martial’s contract with Sevilla, meaning he will return to the Reds at the end of the season.
If he impresses enough, it could lead to a route back to the planned Old Trafford first team run by whoever arrives as the club’s new manager.
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But that could lead to a recurrence of the problem that was created when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to keep Lingard at the club last summer.
United could have sold the midfielder upon his return from the Hammers, with his stock high enough for the Red Devils to collect a reasonable fee.
Instead of leaving, Lingard stayed at Old Trafford, but played only 106 minutes in Premier League this season and can not start the highest flying game.
His lack of game time has led him to turn down all offers for a new contract to stay at Manchester and will leave on a free transfer in the summer.
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Missing the opportunity to bring the English player, it is a mistake that United are unlikely to repeat again.
Martial’s contract still has two years left to run, but his parent club will do well to keep things going with Lingard.
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