Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has issued an injury update on Anthony Martial, reacted to Eric Bailly’s claim that English players get favoured the most at United and Marcus Rashford’s contract situation.
After Bailly sealed his loan move to Marseille last month, the Ivorian defender seemingly fired shots at Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw when he claimed that English players get favoured the most by Ten Hag’s predecessors.
And the former Villarreal defender has backed Ten Hag not to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
“The club [Manchester United] should avoid favoring English players and give everyone a chance. The club should encourage competition in the dressing room. I always had the impression that the English player was favoured,” Bailly told MUnitedFR.
“That’s not the case at Chelsea or other big Premier League clubs. Some take it for granted that they’re going to start, and that weakens the team. Fortunately, [Erik] ten Hag has a lot of character and I hope he can change that.”
Ten Hag has refused to comment on Bailly’s claim, although he sounded out that nationalities do not impact his team selections.
On Bailly’s comments, the Dutchman said: “I can not say about that. I was not in charge last season. Do nationalities impact my decisions? Not for me.”
Anthony Martial has made just one appearance [against Liverpool] for Manchester United this season due to muscle and achilles injuries.
The former Ajax manager confirmed that Martial hasn’t recovered from his injury and will miss tomorrow’s game against Real Sociedad in the Europa League.
“He [Anthony Martial] is still out, he is progressing but he is not ready to get in team training or in a game,” confirmed Ten Hag.
Rashford will run out of contract at the end of next season but Ten Hag isn’t worried about losing the forward because he’s happy at Old Trafford.
Reports emerged last month that PSG showed interest in the winger last month but United reportedly distanced themselves from the speculation.
“What I see is a happy Marcus Rashford. We worked really hard the last two months with him on different aspects. He likes it, he wants to transfer it to the pitch,” said Ten Hag.
“He comes in every day, he enjoys it, he’s smiling, a really positive vibe, and if you put all of those things together – like the way of play – and you are happy, you will contribute more to the team.”
Ten Hag on Marcus Rashford’s contract situation: “Definitely [in his long-term plans] — I don’t think he’s out of contract and I think Manchester United control the situation.”
Marcus Rashford has been decent for the Red Devils in recent games, scoring three goals in the last four Premier League games.