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Manchester United: Anthony Martial limps off in France’s World Cup qualifier


Anthony Martial hands Manchester United a fresh scare after limping out of France’s World Cup qualifier… with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already facing up to Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood injuries

  • Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face a shortage of strikers
  • Anthony Martial was forced off with injury during France’s World Cup qualifier
  • Marcus Rashford pulled out of the England squad due to a foot injury this week
  • Mason Greenwood also withdrew from the England U21 camp through injury 

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial was forced off with injury in France’s game with Kazakhstan, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer potentially facing a forward crisis.

Marcus Rashford pulled out of the England squad with a foot injury earlier this week, while Mason Greenwood also withdrew from the U21 camp.

Martial went down with a knee injury in the second half of France’s World Cup qualifier on Sunday and was unable to continue. The forward appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and looked in some pain as he hobbled off. 

Man United star Anthony Martial was forced off with injury in France's game with Kazakhstan

Man United star Anthony Martial was forced off with injury in France’s game with Kazakhstan

He went down with a knee injury in the second half of France's World Cup qualifier on Sunday

He went down with a knee injury in the second half of France’s World Cup qualifier on Sunday

The forward appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and looked in some pain

The forward appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and looked in some pain 

Solskjaer will be hoping it is not a serious problem, especially because he is already short of striking options.

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Should Martial be sidelined, Edinson Cavani would be United’s only fit and available forward – and he is just returning from injury.

United face Brighton on Sunday before the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie with Granada. 

They then face Tottenham ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford, with Premier L eague games against Burnley, Leeds and Liverpool to follow. 

Martial's injury leaves United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing a potential forward crisis

Martial’s injury leaves United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing a potential forward crisis

Marcus Rashford pulled out of the England squad earlier this week

Mason Greenwood also withdrew from the U21 camp through injury

Marcus Rashford (left) pulled out of the England squad this week while Mason Greenwood (right) withdrew from the U21 camp with injury

Martial has suffered a frustrating season in front of goal, netting just four times in the Premier League and seven in all competitions. 

However, he has been a key part of Solskjaer’s squad this season, regularly interchanging with Cavani in the central striking role, with Bruno Fernandes playing behind them. 

Rashford has occupied the wide-left position for the majority of the season, with Solskjaer regularly rotating his right-sided player. Dan James has started four of the last five league games in that role.

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Amad Diallo can also play on the right or left, but is yet to make his Premier League debut. The 18-year-old scored on his first appearance at Old Trafford in the 1-1 draw with AC Milan. 




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