Man Utd ‘stance’ on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial injuries ahead of Man City derby | Football | Sport

Manchester United are reportedly hopeful that Marcus Rashford will return to fitness in time to face Manchester City on October 2. The Red Devils are expected to take a more cautious approach regarding Anthony Martial, however, due to his ‘problematic’ Achilles injury. 

Rashford has made a strong start to the campaign, notching five goal contributions in his first six Premier League games. A show of faith in an orthodox striker role appears to have given the 24-year-old a new lease of life under Erik ten Hag, who was appointed at the end of last season. 

The forward has been absent since picking up a muscle injury against Arsenal at the start of September. Postponements and the international break mean that, if he does return in time for the Manchester derby, he will have been out of action for almost a month. 

According to ESPN, United are hopeful that Rashford’s injury will clear up in time for him to feature at the Etihad. Fitness concerns meant that he wasn’t picked by England boss Gareth Southgate for the upcoming internationals, which gives him more time to get up to speed. 

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“[Rashford] is really important,” said Ten Hag amid speculation that he could leave Old Trafford during the summer. “You have seen from the first day I’m in [the club], I’ve been really pleased [with him]. Definitely, I don’t want to lose him. He’s in our plans and he will stay at Manchester United.”

Rashford and Martial are among a small collection of players who aren’t away on international duty over the coming days. The likes of Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho and Jadon Sancho will also be putting work in to become or stay fit by the time action resumes. 

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