Ten Hag speaks about Martial and Lindelof fitness
“It’s still the same,” he told the club site when asked for an update on team news ahead of the Brentford clash.
He also spoke about a behind closed doors friendly win over Halifax, adding: “I don’t like them being behind closed doors but it was behind and we needed all the players to get the minutes in the legs.
“Of course it’s best to get that in the league, but we have a squad and we need the squad. We need double positions and of course they can also show their capabilities to me and to the team, and get to the right fitness levels and work hard. That’s the most important thing.”
In front of the press, he said: “(Martial) will not be available. Victor Lindelof as well, not for this weekend.”
Martial in particular impressed during pre-season but then picked up a hamstring injury in the final friendly he played in against Atletico Madrid.
That was always the fear, that his good summer form would not be able to be carried over when the serious stuff started.
Lindelof has gone down the pecking order at the heart of the defence with the arrival of Lisandro Martinez and must wait for a chance to impress.
United need to get back to winning ways in west London and get back on track after their awful start against Brighton.