Cape Town - Anthony Martial is in the Manchester United squad for
Thursday’s Europa League trip to Partizan Belgrade but David De Gea and Paul
Pogba are absent.
France international, Martial, missed five Premier League
games due to a thigh injury, but he made his comeback as a second-half
substitute in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
And, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short of
attacking options, the 23-year-old’s fitness will be a welcome boost.
Pogba is again unavailable because of an ankle injury and
Solskjaer confirmed the midfielder will also miss Sunday’s trip to Norwich,
although De Gea will be available despite missing Thursday’s clash in Serbia.
Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly and Axel
Tuanzebe all remain out.
United are desperately hoping to head to Carrow Road buoyed
by a much-needed win, having last triumphed on the road against Paris
Saint-Germain in March’s jaw-dropping Champions League clash.
“It’s a question we’ve asked ourselves as well,” Solskjaer
said after 11 successive winless matches. “Because after I came in, we won nine
on the bounce and since then we haven’t won any.
“So, it’s an issue we have to deal with, sort out as soon as
possible. We’ve got four games away now on the trot, so hopefully, those
statistics will turn.”
Partizan will have Zoran Tosic, who played five games for
United during a short spell at Old Trafford back in 2009, in their ranks and
Solskjaer has warned his players to be wary of his “quality” left foot.
Other players with Premier League experience likely to
line-up against the Red Devils are former Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic and
goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, who played in the topflight with Wigan Athletic.
Nigerian forward Umar Sadiq and Guinea international
Seydouba Soumah are the other players who will pose a threat.
United have picked up four points from their two games so far
but sit second behind Partizan in Group L because the Serbians have scored more
- TeamTalk Media