Manchester United may be in scintillating form of late but they have been left sweating over the fitness of Michael Carrick and Anthony Martial ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Whilst Carrick didn’t even make it onto United’s bench for their game against CSKA Moscow last night, attacker Anthony Martial started and lasted 72 minutes before being replaced by Reds academy product Marcus Rashford.
Despite Romelu Lukaku’s brace out in Russia, Martial was undeniably Mourinho’s best player on the night, picking up three assists, whilst also bagging a goal for himself from the penalty spot in the 19th minute. Clearly full of confidence and keen to add more goals in the latter stages, the Frenchman appeared to injure himself in a 50/50 challenge close to the hour mark, forcing his manager to withdraw him from the game soon after.
Of course, with just a couple of days to spare until the Premier League leaders welcome Roy Hodgson and co. to the Theatre of Dreams it’s bordering on impossible to get an accurate read as to Martial’s chances of taking part but if he is indeed sidelined for the game, it will come as welcome news to an Eagles side who are looking for lucky breaks wherever they can find them.
In Carrick, United have a player who is yet to make a single Premier League appearance this term, with Burton Albion’s visit to the North West presenting him with his only taste of first-team football since May. Despite that, Marouane Fellaini’s niggling injury problems could have seen the former West Ham man named on the bench against Palace, had he been able to take part.
Jose’s men looked as comfortable as they have all season out in Moscow last night, leaving our supporters with very slim hopes of coming away for this weekend’s tie with anything positive, not that it will stop a sell-out away following travelling up from south London on the day.
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