Roberto Martinez does not say it in so many words, but he is mainly thinking about the World Cup. The fact that the first place in the Nations League can still be won with a final round in our own country would be a nice bonus. No more. The national coach wants to try some things.
“I would be surprised if there are players who play 90 minutes twice,” said Martinez. “There are only three days between these two matches. There are four at the World Cup. That makes a big difference in recovery. I’m going to try something new here and there. So I know that Dendoncker was good as a defender in the previous Nations League matches, but he sees himself as a midfielder. That’s why I may try something new there.”
The focus is on 18-year-old Zeno Debast. “His personality is impressive for his age. Debast impresses. I have no doubt that he can play a big role with the Red Devils in the future. But whether he will do that before the World Cup, he will have to prove on the field. These are important matches for Qatar. Many players are selectable, some fixed values will not be there at the World Cup.”
The slightly injured Boyata will not be there against Wales. Onana, who was hit during his match at Everton, is treated with care. Like 27 other Red Devils, he trained with the last training on Wednesday. (lvdw)