Man United boss says Martial is a doubt for Stoke match

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that Anthony Martial could miss Monday’s Premier League clash with Stoke City at Old Trafford.

Martial has been in impressive form for United this season – scoring nine times and registering eight assists in all competitions for the Premier League club.

The 22-year-old, who is valued at £58.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, had been in line to start for the Red Devils when they welcome struggling Stoke on Monday night.

However, Mourinho has conceded that the France international ‘is not ready’, and could therefore miss out on a spot in his selection.

Mourinho told reporters:

“Martial is not ready, but I hope he can play.”

Martial’s absence, which is reportedly due to a slight problem picked up on the club’s training camp in Dubai, could allow Marcus Rashford to join Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata in support of leading scorer Romelu Lukaku in the final third of the field.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick are among those still unavailable, but Antonio Valencia should return for Mourinho’s side at Old Trafford following a hamstring problem.