Manchester United are now plunged in the middle of a hectic September period consisting of seven games in 22 days and Jose Mourinho will want to keep things fresh for his side’s trip to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Following wins over Everton and Burton Albion in four days, there were signs of legginess during the latter stages against Southampton, paving the way for Ander Herrera to come on with 28 minutes left and produce a decisive midfield cameo.
He displayed his worth with six crunching tackles towards the end and, with both Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja seen limping following the win at Saint Mary’s, may feature again in Moscow.
Mourinho will want to save Fellaini for next weekend’s clash against Crystal Palace side that will likely sit back and hold tight, while the clash with CSKA could promise to be a furiously paced encounter. Viktor Goncharenko’s men will be full of confidence after beating Benfica in Lisbon on match-day one and Herrera’s no-nonsense influence could be crucial to giving the home side control.
And Martial’s inclusion is something of a no-brainer: the Frenchman, who scored on United’s last visit to Moscow, will be fresh and chomping at the bit to inflict further damage after his scintillating display against Burton.