Manchester United ahead Anthony Martial is a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League opener in opposition to Brighton however with Cristiano Ronaldo’s future nonetheless unclear, who ought to begin in assault for Erik ten Hag’s facet?
Ten Hag has been handed a setback with the information that Martial may miss the Dutchman’s first aggressive sport in cost in opposition to the Seagulls this weekend, reside on Sky Sports activities.
The France worldwide was seen holding his leg after being substituted in Saturday’s 1-0 pleasant defeat by Atletico Madrid in Oslo and now faces additional assessments to find out the extent of the damage.
Ronaldo is Martial’s apparent alternative to steer the road however along with his future at Outdated Trafford removed from sure, will Ten Hag need to begin a participant who needs to go away the membership and has managed simply 45 minutes of pre-season motion?
Is Martial now forward of Ronaldo?
After lacking United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on account of household causes, Ronaldo’s place within the facet was seized upon by the returning Martial following a disappointing mortgage spell in Spain with Sevilla.
His days at United seemed numbered however the 26-year-old impressed in pre-season, scoring 3 times and aiding as soon as as he made a powerful case to start out the brand new marketing campaign as Ten Hag’s fundamental central attacker.
Ronaldo was United’s high scorer final time period with 23 objectives however having solely featured for the primary time in a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, it seemed possible Martial would proceed to spearhead Ten Hag’s ahead line.
What are Ten Hag’s different choices?
All through nearly all of the summer time, Ten Hag has most popular a entrance three of Martial, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. Ought to he resolve to not begin Ronaldo, one potential possibility is taking part in Rashford via the center and bringing Anthony Elanga – who began in friendlies in opposition to Melbourne Victory and Atletico Madrid – into one of many extensive positions.
The United boss may additionally select to make use of some much less skilled gamers in his first-team squad ought to he resolve to be slightly extra experimental.
Tahith Chong and Alejandro Garnacho each began within the draw in opposition to Rayo Vallecano. Amad Diallo, who just lately frolicked on mortgage at Rangers, scored in that sport and is one other potential possibility Ten Hag may name upon. Facundo Pellistri, who twisted his ankle in opposition to Atletico Madrid however later mentioned he felt “fantastic”, is one other.
What about the remainder of the workforce?
Luke Shaw was pictured in coaching on Wednesday after lacking each the Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano video games final weekend, whereas fellow left-back and new signing Tyrell Malacia began in opposition to the previous so may make his aggressive debut.
Sancho missed final weekend’s video games on account of sickness however it’s hoped he’ll recuperate in time to face Brighton, whereas Scott McTominay managed 69 minutes in opposition to Atletico in Norway after getting back from damage.
One other of United’s summer time signings Lisandro Martinez performed an hour in opposition to Rayo Vallecano, however captain Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been Ten Hag’s most popular pairing throughout pre-season so Sunday’s sport might have arrived too quickly for the Argentine.
Christian Eriksen was a second-half substitute in opposition to Atletico – taking part in the ultimate 21 minutes – earlier than that includes for an hour in opposition to Rayo Vallecano the next day.
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