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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Anthony Martial is not in his Manchester United squad to take on Huddersfield

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed the reason for Anthony Martial missing today’s game against Huddersfield Town.

The France international is a somewhat surprise absentee as the Red Devils prepare for their Boxing Day clash at Old Trafford, but Solskjaer says it is nothing serious.

Apparently, Martial is feeling ill, possibly after some dodgy Christmas food, but should be back for the game against Bournemouth at the weekend.’

‘He must have had a bad chef over Christmas – he has fallen ill. If it is food poisoning or if it is something else, I don’t know,’ Solskjaer is quoted on United’s official site.

‘Hopefully, he will be fit for the game on Sunday. The other two [Diogo Dalot and Fred in for Ashley Young and Ander Herrera] are just changes that I think are right for this game.’

The 23-year-old was one of United’s most impressive performers in the 5-1 win over Cardiff City last week, scoring a delightful third goal in an emphatic victory for Solskjaer’s first game in charge.

Although Martial often found himself in and out of the starting XI under Jose Mourinho, one imagines he’ll be shown a little more faith now that Solskjaer is in charge until the end of the season.

So, luckily, there’s no reason for fans to worry about the Martial absence today, and they can focus on Solskjaer and co. hopefully putting on another show for them.

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