Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, shed light on his touchline confrontation with Anthony Martial during their recent 1-0 defeat to Newcastle. Martial struggled to find his footing at St James’ Park and was substituted in the second half, making way for Rasmus Hojlund after just 61 minutes of play.
The French forward has faced challenges this season, registering only one goal and one assist in 12 Premier League appearances, marking a notably tough spell for him.
Ten Hag’s animated interaction with Martial during the Newcastle game drew attention, with both manager and player engaged in a heated exchange on the sidelines.
Post-match, when questioned about the incident, Ten Hag clarified, “It’s not solely about Antony Martial. It’s about the collective team effort. I aimed to ignite the team, seeking a response from them.”
He continued, “During such challenging moments, as a coach, one tends to be more assertive, striving to elicit a reaction. It’s a natural part of the process.”