Manchester United have been dealt a big blow on the injury front following the news that French striker Anthony Martial will miss the start of club football after the March international break. Martial picked up an injury during the international break and will now sit out the first Premier League game this month.

Martial suffered a knee injury during the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier between his French team and hosts Kazakhstan. He was subbed off as a result of the injury during the game which ended in a 2-0 win for France.

According to French publication L’Equipe, the Manchester United attacker will miss the Premier League outing with Brighton and Hove Albion at home this weekend. The ex-AS Monaco player is also a big doubt for the Europa League quarterfinal first leg meeting with Spanish La Liga club Granada next week Thursday.

Apart from Martial, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could also be without England international Mason Greenwood for the Brighton game with injury. Greenwood had to pull out of the England u-21 squad for the group stage of this year’s UEFA u-21 European Championships during the international break.

Solskjaer and Manchester United will attempt to keep their slim hopes of a title alive with a win at home to Brighton, who are one of the in-form teams in the Premier League. Manchester United are in second place and they trail league leaders Manchester City by 14 points having played a game less than their city rivals. Manchester United have nine league games left to play, while Manchester City have eight games more in the league this term.

City need to win five of their last eight games to seal another league title under manager Pep Guardiola. Manchester City have won four Premier League titles and they are on course for a fifth title in the competition.