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Martial aiming to hit his ‘best form’ after recovering from knee injury

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The France international is feeling optimistic ahead of the new season after returning from a five-month injury layoff.

Anthony Martial is hoping to hit his “best form” and enjoy a “great season” for Manchester United in 2021-22.

2020-21 came to an abrupt ending for Martial after he sustained a knee injury while away on international duty for France back in March.

The forward made his first appearance for Man United following a lengthy spell on the sidelines in their pre-season friendly against Everton.

He is now expected to make his first start in five months when the Red Devils take on rivals Leeds United on Saturday to kick off the new Premier League campaign.

“I am feeling a lot better after five long months,” Martial told the official Man United website.

“Getting back together with the team and training with them again, I really feel a great improvement. I am going to need a few more weeks to reach my top fitness levels, and I’m really happy just now to have made my return to training.

“To be honest, I was really happy to start [against Everton] after those long months without playing, it was tremendous to get back out there, especially with the fans and the win, brilliant.

“With the season I had last year, and the niggling injuries I had which prevented me from being at 100 per cent, I’ve since put in my best prep work, so as to be sure of coming back in the best form I can.

“And I hope I can get to my full fitness level as quickly as possible now, to set me up for a great season this time round.

“I hope to avoid injury, of course, and to be really ready and in top shape fitness-wise, to be able to have a great season, and win some trophies.”