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Erik ten Hag confirms Anthony Martial harm however non-committal on Cristiano Ronaldo forward of Premier League opener

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Anthony Martial will miss the season opener (Image: Getty Pictures)

Erik ten Hag has confirmed Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United’s conflict towards Brighton on Sunday by harm, however the Crimson Devils boss refused to say if Cristiano Ronaldo will begin the sport.

Martial, who impressed in pre-season, can be absent for the opening sport of the brand new Premier League marketing campaign at Previous Trafford.

The 26-year-oldspent final season on mortgage at Sevilla however has labored his method into the brand new supervisor’s plans, nonetheless, he has picked up an premature hamstring problem.

When requested whether or not he’ll miss the assembly with Brighton, Ten Hag mentioned: ‘Sure. It’s at all times troublesome to say with accidents [how long he will be out for]. I hope it’s not for too lengthy.’

The pure alternative for Martial within the staff is five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, however he was one of many gamers to have left the Rayo Vallecano pleasant final weekend early – which Ten Hag labelled ‘unacceptable’.

The Dutchman was non-committal as regards to Ronaldo beginning this weekend, merely saying: ‘See on Sunday.’

Ten Hag did, nonetheless, insist that it isn’t proper that the main focus is on Ronaldo and never his different team-mates who additionally left the stadium early.

Cristiano Ronaldo left the Rayo Vallecano sport early (Image: Getty Pictures)

‘There have been many gamers who left early however the highlight is on Cristiano – that’s not proper. Do your analysis,’ he mentioned.

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‘I’m actually glad. We now have a prime striker. He’s right here and is within the squad.’

Ronaldo has pushed to depart United this summer time as he targets one other season of Champions League soccer however a transfer away hasn’t materialised.

By way of his lack of choices up entrance, Ten Hag added: ‘We mentioned earlier than: we’re nonetheless looking out to strengthen the squad.

‘That may be a superb state of affairs [to have transfer business done], however I’m proud of the squad. I’m proud of the signings up till now.

‘We’re working all collectively. I’m proud of the present squad and we’d like the fitting gamers.’

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