Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to replace Anthony Martial with Odion Ighalo for today’s clash against Everton in the Premier League.
The France forward is not believed to be part of the travelling squad as he was not seen with the rest of his team-mates at the Lowry Hotel on Saturday night.
Martial got himself on the scoresheet in last Sunday’s resounding 3-0 win over Watford with a really classy finish.
But he was absent from Thursday’s Europa League second leg clash against Club Brugge, with Ighalo leading the line in the 5-0 thrashing at Old Trafford.
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It’s thought that Martial picked up a knock in training this week meaning he will miss out, but Solskjaer insists he has no problems with January recruit Ighalo playing in the lone striker role.
“He (Martial) went off [during] training yesterday and had treatment,” said Solskjaer.
“No we don't know yet. We have to try, we hope, to get a fitness test done before the game.
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“Odion did really well in his place so we're well-equipped. Odion has definitely shown what type of a striker he is. He will be ready for Sunday.”
There are still a number of long-term absentees, including Paul Pogba, who are not yet ready to be considered for the match day squad.
Solskjaer added: “Yes. Marcus [Rashford], Paul [Pogba] and Lee [Grant], they're the injuries we've got. We've got a big and strong squad.”
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At the back, Eric Bailly could pick up just his second start of the season alongside Harry Maguire, with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the full-back positions.
Fresh from his midweek brace, Fred should continue in midfield with Scott McTominay, while Bruno Fernandes will once again be in the no. 10 role.
Daniel James will play on one wing, with either Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard on the other, with Ighalo the main man up front.
Man Utd ( 4-2-3-1 ): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Lingard; Ighalo
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