Erik ten Hag claims Anthony Martial “begged” to play for Manchester City, and his half-time withdrawal was just a precaution.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Crystal Palace, the boss said:
“He [Martial] begged to start [against Manchester City], and I knew the start was so important in this game. He is particularly good at pressing, a very important element in our pressing; he did it very well before halftime.
“I hope to avoid injury, but he was complaining, and that’s why he didn’t train during the week. We decided, and he also decided, that he was fit enough to start.”
“But you also saw that he wasn’t able to go 100%, and that’s what you need.” Also, to avoid getting hurt, we took him out. But it also had an impact on our game, a negative impact after halftime.
Martial has started just six Premier League games this season and hasn’t lasted 90 minutes in those encounters.