Anthony Martial.

Ole explains Martial substitution

Thursday 11 March 2021 20:50

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why Anthony Martial was withdrawn at half-time of the 1-1 draw with AC Milan.

The striker, who performed well against Manchester City at the weekend, forced a decent save out of Gianluigi Donnarumma with a snap-shot early on but appeared to hurt himself when challenged from behind.

He soldiered on until half-time but Solskjaer opted to replace the Frenchman with Amad, who scored his first senior goal for the club five minutes later. Simon Kjaer's late header means the two teams travel to Italy for the second leg of the Europa League last-16 tie level.

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"No, it was an injury," replied the manager when MUTV's Stewart Gardner asked if it was an enforced change or a tactical one.

“Unfortunately, he got a whack on his hip, quite early in the first half so Anthony couldn't go on. So [it's] another one [injury].”

Martial will need to be assessed before Sunday night's Premier League match at home to high-flying West Ham United, with Ole suggesting his post-match press conference that a scan is required.

"Anthony got a whack on his hip so there’s another forward we need to scan and look at," he added.

With Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford also currently sidelined, the Reds are short of options in attack, although Mason Greenwood switched into the central role in the second half against Milan.