Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United Handed Double Injury Boost Ahead of the Manchester Derby on Sunday

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United Handed Double Injury Boost Ahead of the Manchester Derby on Sunday

  • Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have handed Manchester United a huge injury boost ahead of a tantalising derby versus Manchester City
  • Martial has played just 45 minutes this season, while Rashford has missed United's last two matches
  • The two forwards have seven goals between them against Manchester City, and if they play, their devastating connection should come in handy

Manchester United have been handed positive injury news of forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who trained this week ahead of the Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Martial last played in a 45-minute cameo in United's games against Liverpool in August, while Rashford played in United's 3-1 win over Arsenal and has missed the team's last two games.

Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United, Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Manchester Derby, Erling Haaland, Lisandro Martinez, Kevin De Bruyne
Pep Guardiola and Erik Ten Hag will face each other for the first time as managers on Sunday. Photos by Ash Donelon.
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According to the Mirror, Erik Ten Hag's first Manchester derby has been given a huge boost with the two forwards edging closer to action.

The Red Devils will take on Pep Guardiola's high-flying Manchester City in a highly anticipated encounter. United have won their last four Premier League games while their neighbours have won five of their first seven games.

Ten Hag's prayers answered

Speaking to the press, Ten Hag shared the positive news but did not confirm if the two stars would play.

"Anthony Martial but he was training all week with the group, performing really well, makes a good impression. Marcus Rashford he returns into training so we are happy with that."

Martial and Rashford are known for their devastating partnership upfront, and if they are fit for Sunday, United will provide a stern test for City.

Both stars have always performed better against City. The Frenchman has scored three goals against the Citizens while Rashford has netted four, according to transfermarkt.

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Key battles for the Manchester Derby

Sports Brief earlier reported on the four key areas where the derby will be won or lost. Lisandro Martinez's height against the towering Erling Haaland will come into play.

Playmakers Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and Kevin De Bruyne, will battle for control of the midfield.

Guardiola and Ten Hag's philosophies will go head to head for the first time. The two worked together at Bayern Munich.

Source: Sports Brief News