Solskjaer explains Martial's absence against Leicester

There were some big selection headlines when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced his Manchester United team to face Leicester.

Captain Harry Maguire is back earlier than expected and Marcus Rashford is on the bench.

One which might have gone under the radar is Anthony Martial’s complete omission from the squad.

In an interview broadcast on United’s official app before kick-off, Solskjaer explained the Frenchman’s absence.

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“He’s come back from France not fit,” said Solskjaer.

“So he’s not trained all week but hopefully we can have him back soon.”

Martial of course started and scored last time around against Everton before limping off early in the second half.

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He was clearly fit enough to go on international duty with France as they won the Nations League.

But he has either picked up a new problem or the existing issue has not cleared up enough for him to play here.

That will be frustrating for him as he has lost the chance to build on the momentum he gained with that goal against Everton.

But it does give Rashford an opportunity to take his place on the bench at the King Power Stadium.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.