Anthony Martial will miss out on tonight’s Europa League game against LASK.
This is due to the injury he sustained at home to Manchester City when he collided with the post while challenging Ederson for a loose ball.
Martial suffered gashes to both legs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed this injury has prompted his absence against LASK.
Solskjaer told the club website: “Anthony hurt himself when he slid into the post. So he’s not ready for this game. Hopefully, he can be ready for Sunday but I’m not sure. He’s struggling a little bit.”
United more unpredictable to prepare for
Solskjaer is often economical with the truth, and you would probably expect Martial to be lining up with the team against Tottenham on Sunday.
He did play on for half an hour after his injury, although it has clearly felt more sore in the following days.
Solskjaer’s comments may be very genuine. He could simply not know whether the Frenchman will be fully fit.
United have options with Odion Ighalo and Mason Greenwood if Martial is not passed fit.
The lack of clarity serves an important purpose for United, it makes the team more difficult for Tottenham to prepare for.
Greenwood started the last fixture against Tottenham, while Ighalo has scored three in his last two starts.
Martial has missed the past two midweek games and subsequently returned. Importantly, United have the cover to accommodate for this.
Strong performances tonight from Ighalo and or Greenwood could really cloud the situation for Sunday.
That would really keep Jose Mourinho and his staff guessing, and give United a further edge heading into the fixture.
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