Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Anthony Martial is out of Sunday’s go to to Brighton by harm, however refused to disclose whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo will begin in his place.
Martial’s absence leaves United with solely Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as direct striker replacements, until Ten Hag opts for a false 9 as he experimented with in pre-season.
Nevertheless, Ronaldo, who has sought a transfer away from United, is simply 45 minutes into pre-season coaching and is behind the remainder of the squad in health after a household concern saved him away from the summer time tour.
Requested if Ronaldo will begin as an alternative of Martial, Ten Hag stated: “We’ll see on Sunday.”
Ten Hag additionally stated he’s “actually blissful” to have the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in his squad.
The United supervisor is uncertain how lengthy Martial will probably be out for, however is assured he has the instruments in place to manage with out the Frenchman.
Requested concerning the size of Martial’s harm lay-off, he added: “It is at all times tough to say, hopefully not too lengthy. I feel we’ll have options to kind it out.”
Ten Hag: We are able to nonetheless strengthen, we’re in search of signatures
United have made three signings this summer time – bringing in Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia – however the Ten Hag are nonetheless in search of additional additions.
Eriksen and Martinez, who had been signed too late to hitch United within the event, are match to face Brighton, says the Dutchman.
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been United’s prime goal because the begin of the summer time they usually have additionally held talks over RB Salzburg’s teenage striker Benjamin Sesko.
United have an in depth settlement for the switch of De Jong with Barcelona as they appear to strengthen their midfield, which has been an issue space since Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure, however deferred wages owed to the Dutchman have delayed the deal.
Ten Hag says the membership are “nonetheless wanting” for brand spanking new signings, however confused “you do not want any participant, you want the precise participant”.
Requested if he’s blissful along with his choices in midfield, Ten Hag stated: “I feel so. As we noticed in pre-season, we did fairly nicely there. Now we have a great workforce. However we are able to nonetheless strengthen the squad. “
Is Martial now forward of Ronaldo?
After lacking United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia as a result of household causes, Ronaldo’s place within the squad was taken by Martial getting back from a disappointing mortgage spell in Spain with Sevilla.
His days at United appeared numbered however the 26-year-old impressed within the build-up, scoring thrice and aiding as soon as as he made a powerful case to start out the brand new season as Ten Hag’s essential centre-forward.
Ronaldo was United’s prime scorer final season with 23 targets, however after solely making his first look in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano, it appeared like Martial would proceed to steer Ten Hag’s ahead line.
What are Ten Hag’s different choices?
All through many of the summer time, Ten Hag have favored a entrance three of Martial, Jadon Sancho AND Marcus Rashford. If he decides to not begin Ronaldo, one attainable possibility is to play Rashford within the center and convey him on Anthony Elanga – who began in friendlies in opposition to Melbourne Victory and Atletico Madrid – in one of many huge positions.
The United supervisor may additionally decide to make use of some much less skilled gamers in his first workforce if he decides to be a bit extra experimental.
Tahiti Chong AND Alejandro Garnacho each began within the tie in opposition to Rayo Vallecano. Amad Diallowho not too long ago frolicked on mortgage at Rangers, scored in that sport and is one other potential possibility for the Ten Hag to search for. Facundo Pellistri, who turned his ankle in opposition to Atletico Madrid however later stated he felt “advantageous”, is one other.