- Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United's opening Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday
- The 26-year-old striker appeared to have rediscovered his form in pre-season when he scored three goals in four matches
- His absence from the game might mean manager Erik Ten Hag could start wantaway Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is set to miss the club's opening Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, August 7 due to injury.
Martial was one of Erik Ten Hag's best performers in pre-season, notching three goals on tour, suffered a minor hamstring problem and the timing of his return is unclear.
According to The Athletic, the 26-year-old Frenchman has suffered a minor hamstring problem and the timing of his return is unclear, although it is hoped he may return for the trip to Brentford on August 13.
His injury setback will deal a huge blow to the plans of manager Erik Ten Hag as the Dutchman ponders on the perfect attacking combination after Martial formed a telepathic understanding with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho during pre-season.
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Martial's unfortunate injury might put Cristiano Ronaldo, who is trying to engineer a move away from the club a year after his sensational return to Old Trafford, into Ten Hag's plan's for the home tie against Brighton.
Ronaldo and a couple of his teammates were warned by Erik Ten Hag against behaviours like leaving the stadium early, calling it unacceptable.
Martial jokingly calls out Bruno Fernandes for failing to assist him in a pre-season game
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Anthony Martial slammed his teammate Bruno Fernandes for not providing him with any assists in some cheeky preseason banter.
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United are set to kick off their Premier League campaign against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, August 7, and there have been glimpses of possible strong performances from Ten Hag’s side in this campaign.
One man to watch will be Martial, who has somehow played his way back into contention for first-team football under Ten Hag.