Anthony Martial spotted leaving Man United training session just FOUR MINUTES after arriving while his team-mates prepare to face Brighton in the Premier League

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  • Martial was photographed driving into Carrington on Thursday morning
  • But the French forward was then snapped leaving just four minutes later
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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial left training after just four minutes on Thursday morning.

The Frenchman was pictured arriving at the club’s Carrington base in his Mercedes G Wagon at 8.55am but then snapped driving back out shortly afterwards at 8.59am.

Erik ten Hag is preparing his players for Saturday’s return to Premier League action against Brighton at Old Trafford.

Martial, 27, started United’s last two matches – the 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest and the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal prior to the international break.

In the Arsenal game, Martial was substituted off for new £72million signing Rasmus Hojlund, who is expected to take his place at centre forward when fully fit.

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Manchester United have been contacted for comment. 

Anthony Martial was pictured driving into Manchester United's training ground on Thursday morning - only to exit again four minutes later

Anthony Martial was pictured driving into Manchester United’s training ground on Thursday morning – only to exit again four minutes later

The French centre forward was snapped by photographers driving back out soon after arriving

The French centre forward was snapped by photographers driving back out soon after arriving

Ten Hag’s side need to get back to winning ways following their second defeat in four games at the Emirates Stadium.

Even their victories over Wolves and Forest have been highly unconvincing as Ten Hag tries to keep the positive momentum from last season going.

Martial was one player United were willing to listen to offers for over the summer but he remains at the club in the final year of his contract. 

He is expected to play second fiddle to expensive new arrival Hojlund but given the volume of matches ahead, Martial should still see plenty of opportunities. Martial scored nine goals in 29 outings last season. 

It comes amid mounting off-field issues for Ten Hag which has left his attacking options depleted.

Martial started United's last game - a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium

Martial started United’s last game – a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium 

Martial was replaced by new £72m striker Rasmus Hojlund midway through the second-half

Martial was replaced by new £72m striker Rasmus Hojlund midway through the second-half

Man United fixtures 

Premier League unless stated

Saturday Brighton (H)

September 20 Bayern Munich (A)

Champions League group stage

September 23 Burnley (A)

September 26 Crystal Palace (H)

Carabao Cup third round

September 30 Crystal Palace (H)

October 3 Galatasaray (H)

Champions League group stage

Brazilian winger Antony has been placed on paid leave while he defends himself against assault allegations from three women. 

The manager also clashed with Jadon Sancho after the England international hit back at Ten Hag’s suggestion he hadn’t reached an adequate level in training ahead of the Arsenal game.

Sancho claimed in a social media statement he had been made a ‘scapegoat’, with his Old Trafford future hanging in the balance.

As Mail Sport reported, United football directorJohn Murtough and CEO Richard Arnold are at the centre of ongoing talks between Sancho and Ten Hag to try and settle the dispute.

Discussions were held at the beginning of the week after Sancho returned to training after United’s non-international players were given a week off. 

Sancho removed the social media post that saw him reject Ten Hag’s assertions that he wasn’t training well.

That was viewed as the first step towards a resolution, but it remains to be seen whether Sancho is involved in the match-day squad to face Brighton on Saturday.

United begin their Champions League campaign next week with a trip to Bayern Munich. 

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