Anthony Martial could miss Manchester United's Premier League run-in

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Manchester United go into their final two Premier League games knowing wins in both will award them a place in the top four, thus qualification to next season's Champions League play-off round.

The Red Devils had cut themselves adrift from the top four at one point, but Manchester City's dramatic tumble in form has given Louis van Gaal's men a chance to vault them at this late stage of the campaign.

However, it seems they may have to face tricky ties against West Ham (away, Tuesday) and Bournemouth (home, Sunday) without their top scorer Anthony Martial. At least if The Telegraph is to be believed.


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Martial, who has scored nine goals in his debut Premier League season, suffered a strained hamstring in a routine warm-up before Saturday's game against Norwich. His absence left United looking blunt in attack (more so than usual) but Juan Mata's second-half strike was enough to grant them a slender, yet crucial 1-0 win.

Norwich, of course, were fighting for their lives with the defeat leaving them as odds-on favourites to be relegated. However, they are likely to face a much tougher task against West Ham on Tuesday evening, with the Hammers keen to win their final ever game at Upton Park.

Dicing with death

And it looks as though Louis van Gaal will have to set his team up without the fleet Frenchman. Martial could, in theory, play against Slaven Bilic's side, but that would risk aggravating the injury further and cost him his chance of playing against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.

That leaves Van Gaal dicing with proverbial death. He knows that missing out on the top four is likely to cost him his job as Manchester United manager but is also desperate to win the club's first major silverware in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

It means Van Gaal is likely to hedge his bets and give Martial the full week to recover from the ailment even though that means missing United's final two Premier League games.

Key player

Having arrived in a stunningly expensive deal worth a potential £58million last summer, much was expected of football's most expensive teenager ever. But despite the immense pressure on his shoulders, Martial has proven himself to be worth such an outlay, scoring 15 goals across all competitions despite playing primarily as a left-winger.

With rapid speed and a deadly eye for goal, Martial has certainly been the most effective attacking force at Old Trafford and his absence is likely to prove problematic for Van Gaal, who may have to turn to the out-of-form Memphis Depay against West Ham.

Depay arrived for around £30m last summer but has so far failed to justify that fee, scoring just two Premier League goals this season.

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