Although Manchester United’s victory over Everton on the road on Sunday was overwhelmingly successful, the joy was slightly dampened by the sight of in-form striker Anthony Martial being replaced after just 29 minutes.
After scoring twice against Manchester City and once away to Omonia Nicosia, the Frenchman, who started at Goodison Park, was hoping to score for the third game in a row. However, an injury pulled our no. 9 off the field.
Cristiano Ronaldo took over for Anthony Martial, and his historic goal shortly before halftime—his 700th in club play—proved to be the game-winner.
Erik ten Hag was questioned about Anthony’s health following his first-half absence during the news conference following the game.
“I have to see,” said the United boss. “I cannot tell what it is or how serious it is.
“Let’s wait for the first 24 hours and see how serious it is, then I can give an answer.”
The Dutchman claimed in an interview with BT Sport that Martial’s ailment was not a recurrence of the issue that kept him out for several weeks at the beginning of the season.
“No I don’t think so [it is a recurring issue],” he said. “It’s something different. He had a problem in his back.”
Even though he only played for 29 minutes, the Frenchman was crucial in helping the Reds equalize after Alex Iwobi’s first goal by setting up Antony for a spectacular counterattack.
“He was important,” said Ten Hag of Martial’s contribution to the 2-1 win. “[He] assisted the goal with Antony, so [I’m] happy with that.”
Fans will be hoping for good news regarding Martial’s fitness as the Reds are scheduled to visit Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League once more on Thursday and then play Newcastle United at home three days later.