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Could this be the fourth signing? – One strange face spotted at Manchester United training ground ahead of Brentford clash

Key Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial were not visible in the new Manchester United training video ahead of the Brentford match.

Both Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial were missing from Manchester United’s most recent training video, which was uploaded on Wednesday evening.

 

While the club did not specify when the video was shot, it was most likely on Tuesday or Wednesday, casting serious doubt on the duo’s participation in this weekend’s match against Brentford.

 

Martial was ruled out of last Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion owing to a hamstring injury, with Erik ten Hag delivering a cryptic explanation when asked about the issue before the game.

 

“It’s always tough to predict with these injuries, but hopefully not too long,” United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said last Friday when asked how long the No.9 would be out.

 

If Martial is still ruled out for Saturday’s trip to Brentford, Cristiano Ronaldo might step in. After a hampered pre-season, Portugal’s forward was assessed insufficiently fit to start against Brighton.

 

The 37-year-old was seen in Wednesday’s training video and photos, and he even threw a cheeky wink to the camera as he arrived.

 

Lindelof was also not spotted working with the squad, though it is possible that, like Martial, he was practicing separately from the rest of the group.

 

The center-back was not named in the matchday squad for Brighton’s visit, and it was suggested at the time that this was due to him being dropped rather than being injured, with Raphael Varane on the bench.

 

However, his absence from training may signal that he has been injured. Meanwhile, Varane, as well as fellow defenders Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, and Eric Bailly, were visible in Wednesday’s film.

 

Zidane Iqbal, Shola Shoretire, and Alejdandro Garnacho were also present at the session. Despite the fact that a variety of academy players were employed throughout pre-season, the trio’s continued training with the first team could imply that they are viewed as the most probable teenagers to appear for the senior side this season.

 

Following a good summer for the young talents, Ten Hag promised youth players that there is a road into the first squad.

 

United play Brentford at 5.30pm on Saturday, hoping to emulate last season’s 3-1 success in West London. The new season opened with a 2-2 draw against Leicester City.

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