Erik ten Hag confirms Martial and Lindelof will miss Manchester United's clash with Brentford

Erik ten Hag has spoken about the fitness of Manchester United duo Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof ahead of the game against Brentford.

Before his press conference, Ten Hag gave an interview to the club’s official website where he said that both players would be unavailable.

The pair did not play any part in the defeat at home to Brighton on the opening weekend of the season despite featuring in pre-season.

And Ten Hag was also asked about the pair in his press briefing, confirming that the injury situation remained unchanged.

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Ten Hag speaks about Martial and Lindelof fitness

“It’s still the same,” he told the club site when asked for an update on team news ahead of the Brentford clash.

He also spoke about a behind closed doors friendly win over Halifax, adding: “I don’t like them being behind closed doors but it was behind and we needed all the players to get the minutes in the legs.

“Of course it’s best to get that in the league, but we have a squad and we need the squad. We need double positions and of course they can also show their capabilities to me and to the team, and get to the right fitness levels and work hard. That’s the most important thing.”

In front of the press, he said: “(Martial) will not be available. Victor Lindelof as well, not for this weekend.”

Martial in particular impressed during pre-season but then picked up a hamstring injury in the final friendly he played in against Atletico Madrid.

That was always the fear, that his good summer form would not be able to be carried over when the serious stuff started.

Lindelof has gone down the pecking order at the heart of the defence with the arrival of Lisandro Martinez and must wait for a chance to impress.

United need to get back to winning ways in west London and get back on track after their awful start against Brighton.

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