Martial missed the win over Brighton after picking up a knee injury on international duty.
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is reportedly confident of playing again this season despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assertion that he may miss the remainder of the campaign.
Martial injured his knee on international duty for France last week, and while initial reports suggested it was nothing major, the 25-year-old was forced to miss United’s 2-1 win over Brighton on Sunday.
Solskjaer offered a fairly grim prognosis, too, when asked about Martial prior to the game.
Solskjaer downbeat on Martial injury.
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial believes he is on course to play again this season, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assertion that the Frenchman is out for the rest of the campaign.
“Unfortunately, he sprained his knee with France,” said Solskjaer.
“It’s always when they go away on internationals, you can keep your fingers crossed and hope they come back fit.
“Sometimes after international breaks it takes time, and then maybe the fireworks have to be lit at halftime…”
“He played really well tonight [Greenwood], and when he can add those goals we know he’ll really be a gooden.”
Solskjær was happy with a win after a slow start 🤝 pic.twitter.com/7aBgLJXDwV
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“Losing Anthony for what might be the rest of the season is very disappointing, especially when reports from there [France] was that it wasn’t anything serious but it looks a bad one.”
However, ESPN have reported, that despite Solskjaer’s comments, Martial is confident of featuring during the closing stages of United’s season.
The report states that, while he is wearing a brace, Martial does not require surgery on his knee and that he is determined to return in time to make the France squad for the Euros.
Anthony Martial sporting a large knee brace today 🤕 pic.twitter.com/fnYLB0ao32
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With Martial already out, United fans were concerned by the sight of Marcus Rashford being forced off during the win over Brighton.
Rashford was replaced by Daniel James as United chased a winner, with Solskjaer later addressing the 23-year-old’s fitness.
“I’m not sure,” said the United boss. “He got caught with a tackle so he had to come off.
“Let’s see how he goes again. Marcus doesn’t want to miss any games or any minutes, but he had to come off.
“It’s one of them again. Your fingers are crossed and you hope he’s going to recover from it. He had to come off but he’s a tough one.”