Anthony Martial will miss Man United's Europa League tie with Omonia Nicosia


Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United’s Europa League tie with Omonia Nicosia after his first start of the season at Everton was cut short with ‘disappointing’ back injury

  • Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United’s Europa League tie on Thursday
  • The Frenchman’s first start of the season at Everton on Sunday was cut short
  • It is Martial’s third injury since boss Erik ten Hag took over at United this summer 

Anthony Martial will miss Manchester United’s Europa League tie with Omonia Nicosia on Thursday night as he battles to be fit for this weekend’s clash with Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Martial’s first start of the season at Everton on Sunday was cut short after less than half an hour when he went off with a back strain – his third injury since Erik ten Hag took over in the summer.

Ten Hag confirmed that the Frenchman will miss the Group E game against Omonia at Old Trafford, along with Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan Bissaka, but could be in contention against Newcastle on Sunday.

Anthony Martial (pictured) will miss Manchester United’s European tie with Omonia Nicosia 

Martial’s first start of the season at Everton on Sunday was cut short after less than half hour

‘Not (training) today, we will see how he develops to Sunday,’ said the United boss. ‘Harry Maguire is out. Longer-term, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

‘I’ve had several talks with him (Martial) and I’m really disappointed for him. All the minutes he has played well, even on Sunday the assist for Antony.

‘The pressing was good, he was an important factor and played well. But obviously, he fell out and it’s disappointing for him and disappointing for the team as well.

United boss Erik ten Hag also confirmed Harry Maguire and a few others will miss the clash

United boss Erik ten Hag also confirmed Harry Maguire and a few others will miss the clash

‘Of course, I want every player to be available. Sometimes it’s disappointing when they’re not available, especially with all the games coming up. When they’re not available you have to deal with the situation and I focus on the players available.’

Ten Hag called on his team to follow up their win in Cyprus last week with another victory over Omonia to try and finish first in the group ahead of Real Sociedad and avoid having to play two more games in the knockout round of 32.

He added: ‘I told the players weeks ago before the break that it’s important to get No.1 in this group. 

‘That will be our aim, in all of the games, but it’s clear we want to avoid that. If you want to win you have to win them all.

‘We will go all out for the victory. The next game is always the most important. It’s Europe, it’s tough, we want to be No.1 in the group, so we have to win the game.’

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