Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford with a muscle.
Martial was out for the best part of two months earlier this season because of a hamstring problem and the team struggled to find any attacking rhythm in his absence. This setback therefore comes as a huge blow ahead of such an important game.
According to Sky Sports, Martial is ‘struggling to overcome a muscular problem’, having earlier been substituted before the end as United drew against Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Frenchman had managed three goals and two assists in all competitions since his return to action in late October and appeared to be the player that finally knitted United’s disjointed attack together, particularly helping Marcus Rashford find his form.
Wednesday night sees Jose Mourinho return to Old Trafford for the first time since being sacked by United last December. The Portuguese coach has overseen three consecutive wins since he replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham last month.
Without Martial, the task suddenly became much harder for United. It remains to be seen how long the 23-year-old will be out for, but United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to have him back as soon as possible as Manchester City are the club’s next opponents on Saturday evening.
United are also still without Paul Pogba for the Spurs game, but there is at least a chance that Scott McTominay could return after missing the last two Premier League fixtures.
The Scotland international has arguably been United’s best player this season and his absence has ensured a lack of presence in midfield, with the duo of Andreas Pereira and Fred unable to impose themselves in the games they have played together.