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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 via harm, however the Purple Devils boss refused to say if Cristiano Ronaldo will begin the sport.

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in pre-season, will likely be absent for the opening sport of the brand new Premier League marketing campaign at Outdated Trafford.

The Frenchman spent final season on mortgage at Sevilla however has labored his approach into the brand new supervisor’s plans, nonetheless the 26-year-old has picked up an premature hamstring situation.

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

The pure alternative for Martial within the workforce could be five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano 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 with reference 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)

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

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

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

When it comes to his lack of choices up entrance Ten Hag added: ‘We stated earlier than: we’re nonetheless looking to strengthen the squad.

‘That might be a very good scenario [to have transfer business done], however I’m pleased with the squad. I’m pleased with the signings up till now.

‘We’re working all collectively. I’m pleased with the present squad and we’d like the appropriate gamers.’


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