Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League opener in opposition to Brighton however with Cristiano Ronaldo’s future nonetheless unclear, who ought to begin in assault for Erik ten Hag’s aspect?
Ten Hag have been hit with information that Martial may miss the Dutchman’s aggressive debut in opposition to the Seagulls this weekend, outright. Sky Sports activities.
The France worldwide was seen holding his leg after being taken off in Saturday’s 1-0 pleasant defeat by Atletico Madrid in Oslo and is now dealing with additional assessments to find out the extent of the harm.
Ronaldo will substitute Martial to steer the road however since his future at Outdated Trafford is unclear, will Ten Hag wish to begin a participant who desires to go away the membership and has solely managed to play 45 minutes earlier than the beginning of the brand new season?
Is Martial now forward of Ronaldo?
After lacking United’s pre-season tour in Thailand and Australia resulting from household causes, Ronaldo’s place within the squad was taken by Martial who returned after lacking out on mortgage in Spain and Sevilla.
His United days regarded numbered however the 26-year-old impressed in pre-season, scoring thrice and helping as soon as as he made a robust case to begin the marketing campaign as Ten Hag’s primary striker.
Ronaldo was United’s high scorer final season with 23 objectives however having solely made his debut in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano, it appeared Martial would proceed to steer the Ten Hag’s ahead line.
What are Ten Hag’s different choices?
All through the summer time, Ten Hag has favored Martial’s entrance three, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. If he decides to not begin Ronaldo, one choice is to play Rashford within the center and produce Anthony Elanga – who began in friendlies in opposition to Melbourne Victory and Atletico Madrid – in one of many large positions.
The United boss may additionally choose to make use of inexperienced gamers in his first staff if he decides to experiment additional.
Tahiti Chong and Alexander Garnacho each began in a draw in opposition to Rayo Vallecano. love diallowho lately hung out on mortgage at Rangers, scored within the recreation and is one other potential choice for Ten Hag. By making Pellistri, who twisted his ankle in opposition to Atletico Madrid however later stated he felt “good”, is one other.
What in regards to the different staff?
Luke Shaw was pictured in coaching on Wednesday after lacking each Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano final weekend, alongside fellow left-back and new signing. Tyrell Malacia began in opposition to the previous in order that he may play his first aggressive match.
Sancho missed final weekend’s matches resulting from sickness however is predicted to recuperate in time to face Brighton, whereas Scott McTominay performed 69 minutes in opposition to Atletico in Norway after getting back from harm.
One other of United’s summer time signings Lisandro Martinez he performed an hour in opposition to Rayo Vallecano, however the captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof had been Ten Hag’s pre-season favorites so Sunday’s match might have come too quickly for the Argentine.
Christian Eriksen he was a second-half substitute in opposition to Atletico – enjoying the ultimate 21 minutes – earlier than enjoying for an hour in opposition to Rayo Vallecano the next day.
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