Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he could be ‘very shocked’ if Anthony Martial performs once more this season.
The Frenchman suffered an harm throughout the worldwide break and missed United’s final sport in opposition to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Martial has scored seven objectives and assisted eight this season, with Edinson Cavani pushing him for his spot.
Talking forward of the match in opposition to Granada this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that it’s unlikely United followers will see Martial once more this season.
“Anthony has began his restoration and, if we see him earlier than the top of the season, I shall be very shocked,” Solskjaer defined to Man United’s official web site.
“However, in fact, he’s decided to come back again as rapidly as he can. There are vital video games for us earlier than the top of the season, after which there are the Euros [with France, in the summer].
“He has already are available in [to the training ground] – he’s vivid across the place. [He’s] upset he can’t assist us now, however, in fact, he needs to work to get again as rapidly as doable.”
A giant alternative for Anthony Elanga
Within the absence of Martial, Solskjaer has promoted thrilling teenager Anthony Elanga to the first-team squad.
The 18-year-old has scored eight objectives and assisted three in United’s youth aspect.
Talking about Elanga, Solskjaer gave an thrilling perception into the starlet forward of a possible debut in opposition to Granada.
“He’s received an ‘X’ issue, some attributes, it’s not like a present, however he’s received the acceleration, tempo, pace, that’s a given for wingers, and he’s received qualities I like,” Solskjaer defined, as quoted by the Manchester Night Information.
“He’s a goalscoring winger, he’s assured, he likes to beat males, proper foot, left foot, he’s received a terrific angle. His urge for food and starvation to enhance, and when he’s been coaching with us the whereas he’s been right here now he’s not been fazed by it, he’s assured.
“He’s not simply there for expertise – he’s able to play an element if he has to.”
SL View – Will Granada take a look at Manchester United?
Whereas Granada could look to be simple opposition for United, the Spanish membership have already pulled off a giant shock of their 12 months’s competitors.
Granada beat Napoli 3-2 on combination within the spherical of 32 earlier than seeing off Solskjaer’s former aspect Molde.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado is their prime goalscorer this season, scoring six objectives.
Colombian winger Luis Suarez may also be a key man for Granada, with the 23-year-old impressing this season.
With that being mentioned, United are the present favourites to win the competitors and can take some stopping on Thursday night.
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