Antony Martial played the first 45 minutes for the Red Devils against their city rivals. However, in the second halftime, Erik ten Hag decided that Martial should not continue the match. There were many speculations as to whether it was an injury or displeasure with the performance of the Frenchman on the part of the Dutchman.
Despite the fact that Martial was not fully prepared before the match with City, he still asked the coach to start him. ‘I hoped to avoid [him] getting injured,’ said Ten Hag, as quoted by metro.co.uk ‘He was complaining, so that’s why he also didn’t train in the week and why he was a question mark.
We decided, and he decided. He begged to start because I knew the start would be so important in this game.' Erik ten Hag said he was satisfied with how the French performed, but he felt that in the match against City, Martial wasn't able to give his best effort.
As a result, his decision did not come as a surprise to anyone. ‘He [Martial] is really good with his pressing and he is a really big element in our pressing, and he did that really well before half-time [vs Man City].
But also you saw he was not capable to go 100 per cent and that’s what you need.’
It is expected that Wout Weghorst will make his debut for Manchester United against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It has only been a few days since the Dutchman joined United. In order to fill the void in Erik ten Hag's squad, Weghorst was the one Erik ten Hag decided to bring in to fill the striker position. Even though it is not clear whether he will be playing against Patrick Vieira's team, optimism remains strong in regard to his chances of doing so.
‘I have to think that over. First, settle down this game and make the right conclusions. ‘Then we will make a clear plan. I have to see [for] Palace.’