Teenage stars and new signings in Manchester United training can help lift the gloom

Anthony Martial‘s hamstring injury has come as a hammer blow to Manchester United’s preparations for the new season.

United take on Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday at Old Trafford at 2pm, and it is fair to say some of the excitement at the start of pre-season, has dried up.

The team failed to win any of the three final pre-season games, and the Cristiano Ronaldo situation has been an unwelcome distraction too.

Behind the scenes, there are fresh faces, from the academy and from new arrivals, and these will ensure the squad might not be feeling the anxiety the fans are. They can play a crucial role in helping to lift the gloom.

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Teenage stars in training

A number of youngsters were included in Manchester United’s first team training session on Thursday.

These included wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho, and fellow FA Youth Cup winner Isak Hansen-Aaroen, who also featured against Rayo Vallecano.

Pre-season breakout star Zidane Iqbal featured too, while young centre-back Sonny Aljofree was also involved.

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Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images
Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

New arrivals in training

Manchester United’s new signings were also involved, and they are all expected to be in the squad this weekend for the Brighton game.

Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen both featured in pre-season friendlies last weekend and have been pushing in training to show manager Erik ten Hag they are ready.

New striker coach Benni McCarthy was also there. Although with Anthony Martial out, there was one fewer striker for him to work with.

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Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images
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