Erik ten Hag is backing Anthony Martial to fill the boots of Marcus Rashford when his side plays Sevilla on Thursday,
The Red Devils have a huge Europa League quarter-final on Thursday when they face off against Sevilla in the first leg.
Unfortunately for the Dutch manager, he will have to do without his top scorer Rashford who sustained a groin injury and will be out for several weeks.
Speaking ahead of the game, Ten Hag back Martial to step up in the English forward’s absence.
‘You say that I defended him but I just point to the stats,’ he said.
‘The stats are telling you that when he’s on the pitch, the time he needs for a goal is less.
‘When he is in the team, and I refer to games against Man City and Liverpool [in August], we play our best football and get the best results as a team. I see how he contributes to this team.’
🗣️ “When he is in the team we play our best football”
Erik ten Hag says Anthony Martial’s performances are backed up by the statistics this season 📊 pic.twitter.com/wLdTNFHyAY
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 12, 2023