‘Doubtful’… Manchester United Striker Second Injury Concern Ahead Of Sociedad With Cavani Already Out
‘Doubtful’… Manchester United Striker Second Injury Concern Ahead Of Sociedad With Cavani Already Out.
Edinson Cavani did not travel to Italy for Manchester United’s Europa League tie. This gives an opportunity to United’s young guns to show they can lead the line and be effective away from home in a tricky European tie.
Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford didn’t succeed in United’s Europa League semi -final last season.
This could be a big opportunity for Martial, but it sounds like he is at risk of missing tonight’s game too. Solskjaer told the club website: “We have a couple of doubtful ones, if they’ll be fit enough – Anthony [Martial] and Scott [McTominay]. United are in a similar scenario then to the Champions League decided away at RB Leipzig, which both Martial and Cavani missed.
Greenwood and Rashford both had good opportunities in that game especially in the first half but were wasteful in terms of both taking chances and not playing the other through when in a better position. We wrote this week how this fixture could be an ideal opportunity for Mason Greenwood to start as a central striker. With Cavani now out and Martial doubtful, it is opening up for him.
The alternative is to play Marcus Rashford up front and Greenwood on the right. Uniteded could even look to play both together and go with a four -man midfield, however this is less likely with Van de Beek out, Pogba out, and McTominay doubtful.
This match on neutral field should suit United and it is important to score an ‘away goal’ or two.
United have a multitude of attacking options like Dan James, Juan Mata and Amad Diallo who are all desperate for opportunities if Greenwood or Rashford are moved into central roles. Martial will probably make the bench, and a start can’t be ruled out, but if he is missing, it might not be a big deal considering his underwhelming form.
If Martial is passed fit to start, this will be a big opportunity for him to show he can get the job done in a big game when Cavani is out.