GOOD MORNING UTD FANS,
France boss Didier Deschamps has handed Manchester United a boost over Anthony Martial’s injury.
The forward missed the 1-0 win over Bosnia last night after picking up a knock on his knee in the previous outing. Martial, 25, started in the 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan but limped off in the 59th minute.
Deschamps revealed how he was hoping to have Martial back in his squad to face Bosnia but he failed a late fitness test. He will now be a doubt for United’s clash against Brighton on Sunday.
But the French boss is adamant his injury isn’t serious putting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fears at ease. He said: “Anthony has a small issue on his knee. Nothing is decided yet.
“He won’t be taking part in the training session a bit later. Anything serious has been dismissed. We’ve run some tests, but there’s still the pain, and having travelled as long as we have, that hasn’t helped.”
Meanwhile, Alex Telles says competition for the left-back spot at United can only be a good thing.
He said: “When you’ve got a situation like that, then the team can only benefit from it.
“And it’s Man Utd that wins from that [situation].
“In terms of the two of us, we both motivate each other and push each other further forward and we help each other.
“That’s really, really important throughout the team, independent of the positions we play.”
And finally, Jesse Lingard is emerging as a wildcard selection for Gareth Southgate’s 23-man Euros squad.
The midfielder, a stalwart of England’s run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, has come from nowhere to be a serious contender again.
His outstanding form on loan at West Ham had earned the Manchester United outcast a shock call-up to Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers — and Lingard played in all three.
When naming that party, Southgate admitted Lingard, 28, had been ‘lucky’ to be included, because of injuries to Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.
But it is believed that Southgate has been so impressed by Lingard’s form, as well as his huge popularity within the squad, that he is trying to figure out who to omit to find room for him.
That could mean the axe for Sancho or Grealish — both would be huge calls.