Date: 1st December 2023 at 1:53pm
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Manchester United will be hoping to put their Champions League woes behind them when they face Newcastle United on Sunday. 

The Red Devils have struggled for form all season, but have masked their frailties in the Premier League with narrow victories over several sides including Brentford, Fulham, and Luton Town in recent weeks.

In Europe, though, it has been a very different story, with United’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League hanging by a thread.

Erik ten Hag’s side not only need to beat Bayern Munich to stand any chance of progressing, but they must also rely on Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen drawing when they meet in the final round of fixtures.

The Magpies will undoubtedly provide a very tricky test for United, but off the pitch it appears that the club have made a huge decision on the future of one of their attackers.

As per Football Insider, the Manchester outfit could soon trigger a 12-month extension to Anthony Martial’s contract, before allowing the Frenchman to leave next year.

Martial could soon have his contract extended by a further year

The 27-year-old’s current contract is set to expire next summer, but United have the option to extend the deal by a further year and they are planning to do so, the report claims.

Martial joined Manchester United from French club Monaco back in 2015 and made an instant impact at Old Trafford.

The France international scored on his debut against rivals Liverpool, before netting twice against Southampton in his following game.

In total, the forward has now scored a total of 90 goals in 315 matches for United, having been a regular for several seasons.

Over the past couple of years, though, he has slipped down the pecking order, and he spent  six months on loan at Spanish club Sevilla in 2022.

He scored his first goal of the current season during United’s 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park last weekend, but it appears increasingly likely that he will depart Old Trafford in 2024.

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