Anthony Martial returns to training after United's mauling at Brentford
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has returned to training having missed the first two Premier League games with a hamstring injury.
Having scored three goals and provided one assist during an impressive pre-season campaign under Erik ten Hag, the Frenchman picked up the muscle problem in the pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid at the end of July.
The former Monaco man’s absence has seen Cristiano Ronaldo come back into the side with the Portuguese starting Saturday’s chastening 4-0 hammering at Brentford.
Having played just 45 minutes of pre-season football, the wantaway 37-year-old came off the bench early in the second half of the opening day defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Anthony Martial returns to Manchester United training
The Athletic report: “Anthony Martial, who has missed the opening two matches of the season with a hamstring injury, is now back training with the first team.”
With Martial, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, back available, Ten Hag will be provided with a selection quandary ahead of the clash against arch rivals Liverpool in seven days time.
During pre-season, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford all linked up to devastating effect with United’s number nine.
While the mercurial France international has been unavailable, United’s forward line hasn’t clicked into gear and the aforementioned trio don’t look to have the same understanding and partnership with Ronaldo.
It would be a bold and brave decision by the former Ajax manager to drop the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in place of Martial for the clash against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
But with United’s number seven desperate to join a Champions League challenging club this summer, Ten Hag has got to be selfish and select a team that he believes has the best chance of getting a much-needed positive result against the Merseysiders.
Martial has the ability to press and hassle from the front in the blueprint Ten Hag craves. He can also be that focal point up front who has the pace and trickery to unnerve Liverpool’s backline.
With a full week of training and pre-season behind him – it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 52-year-old bring Martial straight back into the starting line up against the League Cup and FA Cup holders.