Big Blow: Star performer’s injury leaves Man united in deep trouble
Manchester United fans were worrying on Sunday night over the injury to Anthony Martial after the Frenchman was forced off during the 3-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.
Martial, who was at fault for Watford’s goal after being dispossessed on the edge of the United penalty area by Miguel Britos, which paved the way for Etienne Capoue to open the scoring, was left in a heap on the floor after a hefty challenge from the Uruguayan.
United fans were left furious after referee Michael Oliver failed to award a free-kick after Britos caught Martial, but they will more likely be hoping the star of last season will make a speedy recovery. United need as much firepower as they can get after suffering a third defeat in a week, following the defeats to Manchester City and Feyenoord.
However, as the below image shows, Martial may be out for a few weeks in what looks to be a badly twisted ankle.
An afternoon to forget for Martial also included a nasty clash of heads with Daryl Janmaat, which left the Frenchman groggy and distressed.
After receiving treatment from United’s medical staff, he continued but looked far from his best as Britos challenged him and Capoue scored.
Paul Scholes, speaking on BT Sport, said: “To be fair to Martial, I know he has done the wrong thing, but he has just had a heavy whack on his head a couple of minutes before and that might have affected him.”
Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious, but we’ll have to wait and see what the verdict is.
Manchester United slipped six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday, concluding a week to forget for Jose Mourinho.
The latest defeat followed last weekend’s Manchester derby reverse and the midweek loss at Feyenoord in the Europa League.
It’s the first time since 2002 that Mourinho has endured three competitive defeats in a row. Next up is a tricky away trip to Northampton in the EFL Cup before defending Premier League champions Leicester visit Old Trafford.
After winning his first three Premier League games in charge, Mourinho now has issues to address at United.
The mental blow after Manchester derby defeat has been reflected in United’s subsequent performances against Feyenoord and Watford. Against Feyenoord, a much-changed team managed just four shots on target.
At Watford, that number halved to two, while they attempted fewer dribbles than they have in any Premier League game this season and less than half the total they tried against Southampton before the City loss.
The only way to address this issue is with results. That means there is added pressure on Tuesday’s League Cup tie with Northampton.
United have been knocked out by League One MK Dons and Championship Middlesbrough in the past two seasons in this competition, so victory is far from a foregone conclusion. Can Mourinho afford to drop too many first-team regulars? What do you say?
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