Anthony Martial's cousin has revealed why he isn't in the squad against Watford

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Manchester United have the chance to close the Premier League season on a high against Watford this afternoon.

The Red Devils are certain to finish second, their best finish since 2012-13, so the season can be considered a success.

But Jose Mourinho will be acutely aware that Manchester City are some way ahead of their rivals, and that more spending will be required in the summer.

The game against Watford is an opportunity to put on a show in front of the fans before next weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Mourinho selected a starting line-up that included Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick, who is making his 464th and final appearance for the club.

But one person who was missing from the starting XI and the list of substitutes was Anthony Martial.

Mourinho said earlier in the week that Martial would start against Watford but the Frenchman was absent. So to see him left out was surprising.

Why Martial missed out

According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson, Martial came to collect his car just before 12 noon and then drove it away.

Man United later confirmed that the 22-year-old is injured, with his cousin taking to Twitter to claim the winger has a little bit of discomfort in his leg.

“Martial wasn't in the 17 on duty after picking up an injury, which forced him to sit out Saturday's training session," an article published on Man United’s website after the squad was announced read.

Man United supporters will hope that Martial is fit next week’s FA Cup final.

Speaking about the nine changes that he made to his XI, Mourinho said: “The [cup final] is next Saturday so I'm not concerned about that. I've made lots of changes in the team not because of that.

"I've done it because I think in these last few matches of the season everyone deserves a start. Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian, they deserve it.

“That's why I haven't brought in any young players because my players deserve that.”

Matteo Darmian
Sergio Romero
Eric Bailly
Anthony Martial
Michael Carrick
Manchester United

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