Anthony Martial has been a giant in the United forward line-up ever since his return from Sevilla. If the off-field woes weren’t already enough for Manchester United, they were dealt a fresh blow in the form of Antony Martial’s injury during their preparations for their opening Premier League game against Brighton.
Going by the reports of the Athletic, Martial was ruled out of the opening contest after copping a minor blow on Thursday. The report states that the French striker has sustained a hamstring problem that will sideline him for the Brighton game while there may be a slight possibility of him missing out against Brentford.
Here is why Anthony Martial will be missing out on the season opener
The 26-year-old who has savored a fabulous pre-season that has seen him return to the sensational talent that Manchester United landed in the first place was seen holding his leg while he left the pitch in Oslo during the contest against Atletico Madrid and his absence raises a serious question for ETH with a dearth of central forwards with Ronaldo left to be the solitary striking option.
Ronaldo will most likely be starting the season opener despite making only one appearance in the preseason friendlies where he played for the first 45 minutes against Rayo Vallecano. The doubts about Ronaldo staying at Manchester United have also been looming large which would be another major bugbear for ETH.
Rashford may be allowed to start at the center, considering the fact that his primary prowess lies on the wings while Sancho is also touted to be fit after suffering from illness just ahead of the season opener.
The first half of the last season witnessed Martial falling out of favor at Old Trafford and it was almost certain that the French hitman would no longer be featured in the Manchester United line-up anymore. He went with a heavy heart to Sevilla for a loan for the remainder of the season.
However, his trip to Spain has totally transformed his game and the United striker has seemed like a well-oiled striking unit, always famished for more and more goals that would make ETH hoping of a quick return of the French beast.