Anthony Martial confirms he is leaving Manchester United in ’emotional’ goodbye video

He never quite became the player he was built up to be but he had more than a few memorable moments in red.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 28th May 2024

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has confirmed he will be leaving the club after nine years when his contract expires this summer.

The Frenchman arrived at the club from Monaco back in 2015 as the most expensive teenage signing in Premier League history and despite the transfer receiving plenty of criticism from the media, he enjoyed a prolific debut season.

Scoring an iconic goal from off the bench in the derby against Liverpool on his debut and going on to notch a total of 18 goals and nine assists in his first campaign with the club at just 19, he was as instant hit with fans. Now, the best part of a decade later, ‘Tony’ Martial is set to leave United on a free.

The now 28-year-old footballer might never have quite lived up to his full potential at Old Trafford, but he was hailed by many supporters as an untapped talent, especially during his best moments, and has now issued what he admitted was an “emotional” farewell along with a video on social media.

As he wrote in the caption of his goodbye post, he began by saying: “It’s with great emotion that I write to you today to say goodbye. After nine incredible years at the club, the time has come for me to turn a new page in my career.


“Since I arrived in 2015, I have had the immense honour of wearing this shirt and playing in front of you, the best supporters in the world! You have been an unwavering support, through the good times and the difficult. Your passion and loyalty have been a constant source of motivation for me.

“I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me. Your songs, your encouragement and your love for the club are memories that will remain engraved in my heart forever.”


He went on to thank his teammates, coaches, technical staff and all those he met around the club over the years, insisting he was “proud” to have shared so many experiences with all of them. United are yet to issue a formal goodbye to their long-standing striker.

The number nine (and one-time number 11) enjoyed his best-ever statistical season in 2019/20, when he netted 23 times – the same season that both he and Marcus Rashford surpassed the 20-goal mark for the first time. All told, he scored a total of 90 goals over the course of 317 appearances for the club.

Here’s just a handful of those he scored in the Premier League.

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However, fluctuating form, injury problems and the arrival of players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani in previous seasons saw Martial’s impact in the team continue to wane and he hasn’t worn a United shirt since their 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth back in December 2023.


He signed off by insisting: “Manchester United will always be in my heart. This club has left its mark on my career and offered me an incredible opportunity to play in front of you. I’m leaving to take on new challenges, I’ll always be a Red Devil and I’ll continue to follow the club’s results with passion.

“Thank you again for everything, and see you soon. With all my affection, Anthony Martial”.

Tony Martial may very well score again but no longer whilst wearing the red of Man United, and he likely won’t be the only one leaving this upcoming transfer window, as talk of a clearout by co-owners INEOS has ramped up and even manager Erik ten Hag‘s future still remains uncertain.

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