Cristiano Ronaldo handed Man Utd reprieve as Anthony Martial 'set to miss' Brighton opener

Even with Ronaldo and Martial fit, United are short of attacking depth after Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata’s summer exits. And the club are actively trying to rectify the issue by pursuing Red Bull Salzburg teenager Benjamin Sesko.

Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech has also been the focus of intensifying links in recent days as Ten Hag bids to stack his ranks ahead of a hectic fixture schedule due to the Europa League and mid-season World Cup.

But completing a deal and integrating him into the squad before Sunday’s fixture is as good as impossible at this stage, so Ten Hag will have to adapt and change his plans for the opener. The Dutchman has faced plenty of unnecessary adversity already in his short time in M16, and Martial’s impending absence is the latest bump in the road.

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