Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this evening confirmed that Anthony Martial picked up an injury problem versus Watford.
United host Watford
The Red Devils welcomed Javi Gracia’s men to Old Trafford earlier today, for a Premier League clash.
Ahead of their latest outing, United sat just outside the English top-flight’s top-4, having been ousted from their Champions League qualifying berth by Arsenal ahead of the international break.
Following their historic Champions League last-16 2nd-leg triumph over French giants PSG at the beginning of the month, though, the Manchester giants had since fallen to consecutive defeats, first in a league meeting with Arsenal, and then in the FA Cup versus Wolves.
Manchester United have become the first club in history to qualify for the next round of the Champions League knock-out stage after losing the first leg at home by 2 or more goals.
— United Update (@UnitedsUpdate) March 6, 2019
As such, on the back of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as the club’s permanent manager being made official, United no doubt headed into proceedings this afternoon keen to get their campaign back on track.
Rashford & Martial the difference
And, when all was said and done in Manchester, this was precisely what the Red Devils managed.
Despite a largely sub-par showing, hosts United eventually emerged with a hard-fought 2-1 win.
Marcus Rashford opened the game’s scoring with 28 minutes gone, slotting a deft finish home over the onrushing Ben Foster after Luke Shaw’s defence-splitting through-ball.
Anthony Martial then went on to make it 2-0 in scrappy fashion twenty minutes from time, unleashing a collective sigh of relief around Old Trafford.
4 – This is the first time since the 1995-96 season (Scholes, Cole, Giggs, Cantona) that Man Utd have had four players score 10+ goals in a single Premier League campaign (Martial, Rashford, Lukaku, Pogba). Fab. pic.twitter.com/KhigG2k5l9
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 30, 2019
Abdoulaye Doucoure did manage to pull one back for Watford on the stroke of full-time, capping a fine individual performance, though the Frenchman’s strike eventually proved little more than a consolation in a 2-1 defeat.
However, on an otherwise positive day for United, during which the Old Trafford outfit reclaimed their spot, at least temporarily, in the Premier League’s top-4, it has since been confirmed that they were also dealt a blow on the injury-front.
The player to have picked up the problem was Anthony Martial.
Speaking in a post-match interview this evening, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the Frenchman suffered ‘a bad knock’, before his substitution 15 minutes from time.
As such, Martial is now in doubt to feature versus Wolves on Tuesday night:
Solskjær: “We don’t know [extent of Martial’s injury]. He got a bad knock. Hopefully he’ll be available Tuesday, we’ll check on Monday morning.” #mulive
— utdreport (@utdreport) March 30, 2019