United’s Martial set to miss Spurs clash


United's Martial set to miss Spurs clash
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Aston Villa - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 1, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant manager Mike Phelan give instructions to Anthony Martial REUTERS/Phil Noble

In Summary

  • Martial was substituted after 82 minutes of Sunday's home draw with Aston Villa following reports the France forward is struggling to overcome a muscular problem
  • It is believed United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will once again adopt a formation featuring three centre halves, as Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford for the first time since he was sacked

Anthony Martial is set to miss Manchester United’s match against Tottenham on Wednesday due to injury.

Martial was substituted after 82 minutes of Sunday’s home draw with Aston Villa and reports indicate the France forward is struggling to overcome a muscular problem.

It is believed United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will once again adopt a formation featuring three centre halves, as Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford for the first time since he was sacked almost a year ago.

Last month Solskjaer played a similar formation in the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United, where he started with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones.

The Norwegian also used three centre halves against Liverpool in October, earning a draw at Old Trafford.

Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are “touch and go” for the game, while Paul Pogba has been ruled out.

McTominay has missed three games with an ankle complaint, while fellow midfielder Matic has not played for two months with an unspecified issue.

Pogba remains out as he recovers from an ankle injury, while Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot continue to build fitness.

Solskjaer hit out at speculation over his future in the run-up to Wednesday’s clash, where he will go head-to-head with former United boss Jose Mourinho.

Mauricio Pochettino, Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores have lost their jobs over the past two weeks and while Pochettino’s shadow looms large over Solskjaer, having previously been United’s top managerial target and already declaring his intention to return to work in Europe, the current Old Trafford boss was in bullish mood.

“Sometimes you laugh when you read stories about what I’ve said and stuff,” Solskjaer said. “At least I know the sources everyone is talking about aren’t sources, they are just made up, blatant lies.”

-Report by skysports

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