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Manchester United v Brighton live on Sky: Anthony Martial in doubt but should Cristiano Ronaldo start alongside Eric ten Hag? | | Football News

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is in doubt about whether he will play in Sunday’s Premier League opener against Brighton, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains uncertain.

Ten Hag are devastated by the news that Martial could miss the first official game against the Seagulls this weekend. sky sports.

The France international was seen holding his leg after being substituted in Saturday’s friendly 0-1 loss to Atlético Madrid in Oslo.

Ronaldo is clearly set to lead the line as Martial’s replacement, but his future at Old Trafford is uncertain. Would Ten Hag want to leave the club and sign a player with just 45 minutes of pre-season action?

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Anthony Martial celebrating a goal with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho (AP)
Eric ten Hug preferred the front three of Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford during preseason

Is Martial over Ronaldo now?

After missing pre-season tours in Thailand and Australia for family reasons, Ronaldo’s position was usurped by Martial, who returned after a disappointing loan spell in Spain at Sevilla.

His days at United seemed few, but the 26-year-old scored three goals and provided an assist in pre-season, making a strong case to start the new season as Ten Hag’s main attacking man. did.

Ronaldo was United’s top scorer last season with 23 goals, but Martial remains at the front of Ten Hag’s forward line after making his first appearance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano. more likely to stand

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What are the other Ten Hag alternatives?

For much of the summer, Ten Hag preferred the Martial front three. Jadon Sancho When Marcus RashfordIf he decides not to start Ronaldo, one possible option is to play Rashford in the middle and Anthony Elanga Starting in friendly matches against Melbourne Victory and Atlético Madrid, he was one of the wide positions.

The United bosses could also choose to bring in less experienced players to their top-team squad if they decided to be a little more experimental.

Tahith Chong When Alejandro Garnacho Both started with a draw with Rayo Vallecano. Amado Diallowas recently on loan with the Rangers, but has scored in that game, and is another option Ten Hag could seek. Facundo Peristri A player who twisted his ankle against Atlético Madrid later said he was fine.

What about other members of your team?

Luke Shaw He was photographed in training on Wednesday after missing the match between Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano last weekend. Tyrell Malasia Having played against the former, he was able to make his competitive debut.

Sancho missed last weekend’s match due to illness, but is expected to recover in time for the game against Brighton. Scott McTominay After returning from injury, he played 69 minutes against Atlético in Norway.

Another of United’s summer signings Lisandro Martinez He played Rayo Vallecano for an hour, but the captain Harry Maguire When Victor Lindelof Sunday’s game may have come too early for the Argentinian, as it was Ten Hug’s favorite combination during the preseason.

Christian Eriksen He came on as a second-half substitute against Atlético, playing the final 21 minutes before missing an hour against Rayo Vallecano the following day.

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