Martial remains doubt for Palace game

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Anthony Martial remains a doubt for the Premier League game against Cyrstal Palace in the Premier League.

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial might miss the game against Crystal Palace in the Premier League after he was withdrawn from the game against Manchester City.

United’s manager Erik Ten Hag stated that the French forward complained after the first half of the game and was replaced by former Ajax player Antony.

“I hope to avoid that he [Martial] was getting injured [by bringing him off],” said Ten Hag. “He was complaining, so that’s why he also didn’t train in the week and why he was a question mark.

“He and we both decided that he had to start because his start would be so important in this game [against City] with his pace. Especially with pressing, he is really good and he is a really big element in our pressing, I needed that before half-time.

“We decided, and he decided as well… he begged to start because I knew the start would be so important in this game. Especially because he is really good with his pressing and he is a really big element in our pressing, and he did that really well before half-time.

“But also you saw he was not capable to go 100 per cent and that’s what you need. Also, to avoid him getting injured, we took him off, and it also had an impact on our game, a negative impact after half-time.”

The manager, following the victory in the Manchester derby stated that he was still drawing up his game plan for Palace and is mulling over using Weghorst during the fixture.

“I have to think about that,” he said. “First, we will settle down for this game and make the right conclusions, then we will make a clear plan. I have to see about their players, as we have already faced Palace in pre-season and I know how their team is.

“The total plan I don’t have now and I haven’t constructed it. From this point on we can construct and prepare the team in the right way.”



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