Manchester United’s troubled season suffered another huge blow on Wednesday with the news that captain Wayne Rooney will be out for around six weeks with a knee injury.
The loss of Rooney – United’s leading scorer this season with 14 goals in all competitions, and seven in his last nine matches – is a major setback for boss Louis van Gaal at a time when his side are six points off the pace in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League and his position is under increasing scrutiny.
Having allowed Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez to leave Old Trafford while James Wilson went on loan to Brighton, Van Gaal’s striking options now look very limited.
So who might be able to fill the void?
The most likely player to fill the lone striker role in Rooney’s absence. Martial has arguably been United’s brightest attacker this season and has scored 10 goals following his £36million move from Monaco in the summer, despite mainly being used as a winger.
The 20-year-old’s favoured position is through the middle and now he will probably get a run of games to showcase his talents.