Man Utd star Anthony Martial ‘begged’ to start Manchester derby despite fitness concerns and missing training

Man Utd star Anthony Martial ‘begged’ to start Manchester derby despite fitness concerns and missing training

ANTHONY MARTIAL “begged” to begin within the Manchester derby.

The French attacker was given the nod by supervisor Erik ten Hag for the Red Devilswin at Old Trafford.


Man United boss Erik ten Hag revealed that Anthony Martial ‘begged’ to begin the derby conflictCredit: AFP
However Martial could not finish the game as he was not 100 per cent at half time


However Martial couldn’t end the sport as he was not 100 per cent at half timeCredit: AP

But Martial was pressured to be substituted at half-time for Brazilian winger Antony after selecting up a knock.

Ten Hag has since admitted that he did need the 27-year-old to get injured and that he had missed coaching because of issues over his health.

The Red Devils boss stated: “I hoped to keep away from that he was getting injured however he was complaining.

“That’s why he additionally didn’t prepare within the week and was a query mark [for the derby].

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“We determined — and he determined as effectively — to begin. He begged to begin.

“I knew the beginning could be so necessary on this sport and he’s actually good at urgent and he’s a very massive component in our urgent.

“But I wanted to re-evaluate at half-time as you noticed he was not succesful to go 100 per cent and that is what you want.

“And additionally to keep away from him getting injured so we took him off however it additionally had a destructive influence on our sport after half-time.”


Despite early season knocks and niggles, the attacker has been key in United’s latest good type.

He has solely missed one of many final ten video games, by which he has netted twice.

This run of type has helped the membership climb up the desk to fourth place, just one level behind second-placed Manchester City.

If Martial is unable to play in United’s subsequent sport, which is against Crystal Palace, then a debut could possibly be handed to mortgage signing Wout Weghorst.

However, Ten Hag was not giving something away, as he stated: “I’ve to consider that [Weghorst featuring if Martial is out].

“First, quiet down after this sport [Man City], make the correct conclusions after which we’ll make a transparent plan for Palace.

“Of course, I do know rather a lot about Palace, we confronted them additionally in pre-season and know the way their crew is, however the whole plan I don’t have now. I didn’t assemble it till now.

“So from this level on, we are able to assemble the plan and put together the crew in the correct manner.”

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