Anthony Martial is not in the Man United squad for their Premier League fixture vs Huddersfield on Boxing Day at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial has missed Manchester United’s Boxing Day fixture with Huddersfield through illness.
The 23-year-old was not among the squad members who checked in at The Lowry Hotel on Christmas evening and it was suggested he flew into Manchester on Tuesday night from Paris.
United did not train on Christmas Eve but trained late in the afternoon on Christmas Day to prepare for Huddersfield’s visit. Martial was not present for the session and the club confirmed the Frenchman is unwell.
“He must have had a bad chef over Christmas. If it’s food poisoning or something. I don’t know, but he has fallen ill over Christmas,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told MUTV.
Martial scored United’s third in their 5-1 shellacking of Cardiff on Saturday and is the club’s top scorer this term with nine goals. The France international has been replaced by Juan Mata, while Diogo Dalot and Fred have come in for Ashley Young and Ander Herrera in the only other changes to the XI at Cardiff.
Solskjaer also spoke to MUTV about the other changes, explaining: “The other two changes are just changes we thought were right for this game.
“We are at home we want the crowd and the players to be excited, we want to attack this game from the start. It’s gong to be a different challenge to the Cardiff game, of course, because we are at home, expected to attack and go and create chances all of the time.
Huddersfield are a different kind of team because they will try and just settle down and they’re good at keeping possession in their own half and if we’re not brave enough with enough players pressing they might just play through us. So we’re going to hopefully try to press high”.
Solskjaer penned his first programme notes as caretaker coach and told supporters United’s season was still salvageable despite a turbulent first half of the campaign.
“Hello and welcome to Old Trafford.
I should start by underlining how excited I am to be back at Manchester United. I feel like I have come home. From the moment I found out that I was doing this role, today is the day that I really couldn’t wait for. To walk out at Old Trafford means so much to me and I want to thank you all for making me feel so welcome.
Walking into the training ground on that first day last week was quite something, to see all the staff, many of whom I knew and a few new faces too – it was something special. After today’s game against Huddersfield Town, we will be halfway through the Premier League season and I am under no illusions as to the scale of the job ahead.
We all have a lot of work to do in order to get this club back towards where it should be. Not only do we have to improve our results, we have to remind people what Manchester United is all about. We have to show everybody who we really are.