Erik ten Hag is happy to be patient with both Anthony Martial and Wout Weghorst.
Martial is sidelined again with another injury, this time to his hip. He has made just 14 appearances in all competitions this season for Manchester United and is yet to play a full match.
The Frenchman spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla but failed to impress, with injuries once again a problem.
However, Ten Hag remains a fan of the 27-year-old, saying: “He’s not always available, but I also see the other side when it’s available. He’s never been 100% this season, but he’s made a big impact whenever he’s been available, even when he’s at 80, 85, 90%.
“So we do everything and Anthony Martial is doing everything. I think Anthony Martial is the player who has spent the most hours at Carrington this season, to recover, to come back, it’s really a shame for him.”
Dutch forward Weghorst is among those who will be looking to make his mark up front in Martial’s absence, but the Burnley loan man has scored just one goal in six appearances since signing last month.
Ten Hag insists he is doing a good job and has compared him to Marcus Rashford, who had a tough time finding his best form for United and England.
“Martial has some skills that he adds, he can be more variable but what is definitely the case is Wout Weghorst is doing a great job for us in pressing,” said the United boss.
“His offensive movements are very good and that’s what makes the players around him play better, to create space, and he’s also made some contributions in the box.
“As a team, we have to work better to anticipate his movements because his movements are good, many times he has been close. He has done many good deeds and has already contributed a lot to our results.
“Especially for forwards, most of the time it takes time. Earlier in the season for Rashy, we talked about it a lot and every time I say, “It’s going to come.” We have to work on routines, the team around us has to do better, but I see his potential.’
“The same I see with Wout. He will score but, in the meantime, he will do other things.”
Martial is among the many absent for Wednesday’s clash against Leeds, with Christian Eriksen, Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay also joined on the sideline by Antony, who made a late come on against Crystal Palace last weekend .
“I don’t think it’s a long time, but we have to see how it develops over the next few days,” said Ten Hag of the Brazilian’s injury. “It’s in his leg, but I can’t specify.”
It was a foul on Antony that sparked the scrum that led to Casemiro’s dismissal, earning the key midfielder a three-match ban.
The red card also meant that Ten Hag could not offer Jadon Sancho any more match time after he was brought back into the fold.
The Englishman had half an hour against Nottingham Forest, impressing Ten Hag, and could get another chance at Old Trafford on Wednesday.