Manchester United forward Anthony Martial suffered a hamstring injury while warming up for the Feb. 25 UEFA Europa League match against FC Midtjylland. He is now ready for competitive action.
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Martial Returns vs. Watford
Wednesday, March 2
United named the Frenchman in their starting lineup for the Premier League fixture with the Hornets.
Van Gaal Comments on Martial Injury
Friday, Feb. 26
"It should be his first muscle injury [since arriving at the club]," Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal told BT Sport (via Adam Marshall of United's website). "But he is smart and wise to step out. It is not a rupture or anything like that. A tight hamstring. I don't think it is very heavy."
Young Forward Quickly Becoming Key Man for United
Martial moved to Old Trafford at the end of the summer transfer window in a deal that was widely questioned, given the massive fee the Red Devils were paying for a young and unproven player. Per James Ducker of the Times, even Van Gaal called the fee, which could rise to £58.8 million, "ridiculous."
Just a few weeks later, Martial scored on his debut against Liverpool. He followed that up by bagging a brace against Southampton in his first Premier League start and has been one of the club's most exciting attackers since.
While he's not a prolific scorer, his movement in the attacking third creates plenty of space for his team-mates, and he has shown he can hold up the ball and wait for runners as well.