Manchester United star Anthony Martial has been forced out of France’s World Cup qualifying clash with Kazakhstan through injury. The forward played a big role in Ousmane Dembele’s goal. But he’s now been forced out of the game, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a major injury scare in the process.
Martial helped Dembele open the scoring against the minnows, with the Barcelona star finding the net in the 19th minute.
And Didier Deschamps’ side then doubled their lead through Serhiy Malyi, who converted the ball into his own net.
Martial has now been taken off by France after appearing to injure his knee when his studs got caught in the turf.
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has been brought on, with Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba also taken off.
Yet United will now be sweating on the fitness of their No 9, especially with injuries also hampering Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford in recent times.
United want to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund as a replacement but landing the Norwegian certainly won’t be easy.
Chelsea also want the Dortmund star, having seen Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham blow hot and cold under both Thomas Tuchel and Frank Lampard.
Manchester City see Haaland as the ideal replacement for Sergio Aguero.
Barcelona are daring to dream of signing the 20-year-old, despite the huge finances involved in a potential deal.
And Real Madrid could swoop for Haaland as an alternative to Kylian Mbappe.
Former Newcastle and Southampton star Alan Shearer, meanwhile, feels Martial lacks four traits to become a world-class No 9.
He said: “I’ve read that Martial wants to be Manchester United’s main centre-forward and that he sees it as his position. I don’t.
“He’s been there for six years.
“Last season was his best in terms of numbers, but he’s never scored more than 20 league goals in a campaign and I just don’t see the desperation, the hunger, desire and know-how to be a No 9, to score as many goals as he should.
“I see the talent but that isn’t enough at a club that wants to challenge for the biggest honours.
“Martial is quite content to spend time outside the box, which is one of the reasons they signed Edinson Cavani and why, if fit, he’s ahead of Martial in their strongest XI.
“I realise that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are top scorers in the Premier League this season, but I still think that if they had the scope to strengthen a couple of positions then one would be to add a top centre-forward.
“The other would be centre-half.
“Give them those and they can sustain a serious tilt at the title and the Champions League next season.”