Ten Hag: Before the Manchester Derby, I hoped to avoid Martial being injured, but he asked to start the game

January 18th, at the press conference, Manchester United coach Ten Hag revealed that in the
Before the game against Manchester City, Martial asked to start the game, although he was unable to participate in the pre-match training due to injury.

Ten Hag said: “I wanted to avoid him getting injured, but he kept ‘complaining’ and that’s why he didn’t train that week and was questionable. We made a decision and he made a decision.
, he asked to start the game. We knew that the start of the game was very important, he was really good at pressing and he was a big factor in our press process.”

“But I needed to reassess at half-time because you saw he couldn’t be 100 per cent and that’s what we needed, and we also wanted to avoid him getting injured. We took him off, but it was also a big problem for us.
Negative impact on the game after the break.”

(Ma Dongyu)