Anthony Martial will require a scan to check the severity of a hip injury he suffered in Manchester United’s 1-1 Europa League last-16 draw with Milan on Thursday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed.
Martial was withdrawn at half-time on Thursday, with his replacement Amad Diallo putting United ahead five minutes later to become the Red Devils’ youngest non-British scorer in European competition, aged 18 years and 243 days.
However, Simon Kjaer ended United’s run of 503 minutes without conceding a goal across all competitions in stoppage time to give Milan a slight advantage ahead of next week’s second leg at San Siro.
It remains unclear whether Martial will be fit for the trip to Italy, but manager Solskjaer is hopeful Marcus Rashford – who missed the opening clash with an ankle injury – will have returned to full fitness in time.
“Anthony got a whack on his hip so there’s another forward we need to scan and look at,” Solskjaer told a media conference.
“Unfortunately, he got a whack on his hip quite early in the first half so he couldn’t go on.
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“We definitely hope Marcus is back for next Thursday; we’re not sure if he’ll make Sunday [against West Ham in the Premier League]. Fingers crossed because we’ll need him.”
United have been eliminated from six of their last eight ties in European competition after failing to win the first leg at home, most recently against Barcelona in the 2018-19 Champions League.
Despite that poor record, Solskjaer is confident United – second in the Premier League – can seal their quarter-final spot with a positive result in Milan next week.
“We fancy our chances,” he added. “We have been exciting away from home, and efficient. Especially in the last round against Real Sociedad [they won the first leg away from home 4-0].
“That is the template for how we want to play in games. We go there knowing we need to score at least one and we fancy our chances.
“Of course it makes it more difficult when you concede at home and you’re never happy when you do.
“Conceding one minute before full time is disappointing but we have got to take that on the chin and go down there next week and go for it.”
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