Erik ten Hag reveals Anthony Martial injury blow but Casemiro is fit to make Manchester United debut against Southampton and Cristiano Ronaldo could get fresh opportunity August 26, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Erik ten Hag has revealed Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United’s trip to Southampton – live on talkSPORT – due to injury.
And the Red Devils boss could hand a debut to £70million signing Casemiro at St Mary’s.
United are hoping to build on their 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday, which came after a shocking start to the new Premier League season.
Ten Hag dropped Cristiano Ronaldo and picked a mobile front three of Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, with Martial impressing as a half-time substitute.
However, Ronaldo could find himself one step closer to the starting XI as Ten Hag confirmed a fresh Achilles problem for Martial, who missed the start of the season through injury.
Meanwhile, Casemiro could be thrown straight into the starting XI despite arriving from Real Madrid earlier this week.
Ten Hag said: “Casemiro is fit. He did all the training sessions. He trained first individually and the last days he trained with the team.
“Martial came out with a problem on his Achilles, out of the game, so we have to wait.
“I cannot tell a prognosis, how long it takes. I hope he will be available for the next game.”
United could yet sign four more players before next week’s deadline, with moves for Frenkie de Jong, Antony, Cody Gakpo and Martin Dubravka still in the pipeline.
Asked if he expects it to be a busy week in the transfer market, Ten Hag said with a laugh: “I don’t know.
“We need players, clear – but we need the right players. That is what we said the whole transfer window and we are happy with what we did until now but the barrier has to be high.”
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