Manchester United forward Anthony Martial could miss the remainder of the season due to injury, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Sunday. The Frenchman picked up a knee injury on international duty. He featured in the French side at their games against Ukraine and Kazakhstan last week. The injury comes at a critical point in the season with the Red Devils looking to clinch the second spot in the Premier League table and advance to the Europa League semi-finals.
Solskjaer said that reports from France suggested that the injury was not serious but it looked a bad one. He also hoped to have his number 9 fit before the season’s conclusion. “Losing Anthony for what might be the rest of the season is very disappointing,” the Norwegian said. “Reports from France were that it wasn’t serious but it looks a bad one.”
It has been a season to forget for the 25-year-old. He has scored only seven goals across all competitions for United and has found the net only thrice in the last 19 appearances. These numbers don’t make for good reading for a striker who is a regular in the Manchester United starting XI.
Martial’s poor form means Edinson Cavani plays in the spot at the center of attack when he was fit. Fans have also expressed frustrattion with Martial’s performances of late, with several calling for Mason Greenwood to be given the chance to play down the middle, which is his natural position.
The Red Devils will also be without defender Eric Bailly after the Ivorian tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty. He is yet to return to England. Solskjaer said that Bailly would be unavailable for “a little while”.
United will face Spanish side Granada in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday before a big test against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.