Official: Anthony Martial is back in team training at Carrington following his injury
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Anthony Martial has returned to Manchester United training but is unlikely to play in Thursday’s Europa League match against Real Sociedad.
Although he has yet to reach peak form, we expect Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the line, with Marcus Rashford playing in an inverted left-wing position alongside him, as he did against West Ham.
Jadon Sancho has missed the last two games due to poor form, and this game is too important to risk the effect it may have had on him, so we expect him to sit out.
Antony missed the West Ham game due to a minor injury, but Erik ten Hag was confident that it would be “just a couple of days,” so he is expected to return.
If he doesn’t make it, the choices are Sancho, Anthony Elanga, and Alejandro Garnacho.
Garnacho is the youngest and least experienced but of the three, he is in by far the best form.
Bruno Fernandes is almost certain to play in the number 10 position, especially as he will be absent on Sunday due to suspension.
In midfield, we expect business as usual, with the excellent Casemiro – Christian Eriksen combo.
David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Lisandro Martinez, and Luke Shaw seem almost certain to continue in defense.
The question is, who will partner Martinez if Victor Lindelof has recovered from an illness?
Lindelof had been excellent alongside the Argentinian but captain Harry Maguire returned to the side in his absence on Sunday and kept a clean sheet.
We think Lindelof should get the nod, as Maguire looked a little shaky and drifted out of position on a few occasions against West Ham.