Anthony Martial must step up v Wolves with Romelu Lukaku reportedly injured
Romelu Lukaku is suffering from a foot injury and could miss this weekend’s FA Cup tie at Wolves, The Sun report.
Lukaku has scored six goals in his last four United games.
His potential absence is tempered by Anthony Martial’s timely return from injury.
Martial came off the bench against Arsenal at the weekend and surely has to go back into the starting line-up at Molineux.
Young striker Mason Greenwood may not be an option after missing the midweek UEFA Youth League game with illness.
If he does recover, his best chance of playing will be from the bench.
Dealing without Lukaku
Lukaku’s absence will mean Marcus Rashford reverts to playing as a lone striker.
Anthony Martial will need to start as part of a front three, and rediscover his golden touch immediately.
Martial has 10 goals this season, netting in his last start against Fulham. He then got injured in the first leg against PSG and has only just recovered.
Ander Herrera will likely start in midfield along with Paul Pogba, and then one of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.
Who starts on the right side of attack is more unpredictable.
Juan Mata could start if deemed fit, or Diogo Dalot may get the nod. Solskjaer could try a tactical tweak which involves Andreas Pereira. None of the options are ideal.
This increases the onus on Martial to hit the ground running upon his return.
Wolves are a tough opponent, but Martial is arguably United’s most exciting attacker when in full flow.
It’s time to see him back on the scoresheet again.