Anthony Martial.

Why Martial missed Southampton away

Sunday 29 November 2020 16:05

Illness ruled Anthony Martial out of Manchester United's Premier League victory over Southampton.

The French forward travelled with the team to the south coast for the Premier League clash, but was ill overnight.

“Anthony fell ill overnight so he's in the hotel by himself, poor lad,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told us before the game at St Mary's Stadium. “So that's the reason Ant isn't playing.”

Edinson Cavani is on the bench after making his first United start against Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek, which the boss has also explained.

“Edinson played well in midweek but we felt Mason [Greenwood] needed a game as well to start with.”

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Also missing the clash were Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba, who Solskjaer warned on Friday were doubts for the trip after picking up knocks.

Donny van de Beek retained his place in the starting XI and Solskjaer is happy with the Dutchman’s form.

“Donny is definitely ready,” Ole told us. “He's been good in training and he has been good in games he's played, in the Champions League. It's never been Premier League or Champions League. It's to give him time to settle into the group.”

When the action got underway, it was a memorable afternoon for United, who came from two goals down at half-time to grab all three points.

Edinson Cavani got the ball rolling on the south coast when his cross was turned home by Bruno Fernandes in the box, before the Uruguayan grabbed two headed goals to seal an impressive win for the Reds.