Martial put in a clinical display at the return of football to Old Trafford post lockdown with his first professional hattrick for Manchester United against Sheffield United. It was the first time that we could see the partnership between Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes from the start.
This was the sort of display that showcased the frightening potential of the French striker who has only shown glimpses of his talent since his arrival to manchester united where he burst onto the scene with a splendid goal against arch-rivals Liverpool.
There was always a complaint against Manchester United this season that they cannot breakdown teams who sit back and don’t give them space and time to play the counter-attacking football that they like to play. But United really got behind the backline of Sheffield United countless times and could have had more goals. Marcus Rashford should have scored when he was played in by man of the match Anthony Martial.
He has since shown flashes of his brilliance now and then, but there were always question marks raised over the consistency of the player. Many pundits believe he goes missing most of the time.
But this new look manchester united team could well be the key to unlocking the full potential of the Frenchman. With Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba feeding him from behind and the likes of Rashford who assisted martial twice in the game against Sheffield United supporting him. This looks like an attack that can demolish any team.
Incidentally, this is the first time any manchester united player has scored a hat trick in the premier league after the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Fergusson. Robin van Persie was the last United player to score a hattrick for United before martial took the match ball with three wonderful goals against Sheffield united to keep manchester united in the hunt for champions league football next season. Manchester United are now only 2 points behind Chelsea who are currently in the fourth position and are due to play manchester city next.
Martial certainly has taken his game to another level since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. This is the highest-scoring season of the french striker in his career so far. He looks more assured in front of goal and his movements and decision-making capabilities are getting better by the day.
If Manchester United are able to play the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in midfield, martial could well turn into a goal-scoring machine that many people expected him to be when he arrived at United. With creative players like Pogba and Fernandes feeding him martial cannot have any excuses for not performing consistently.
Martial will get to extend his scoring run when Manchester United play Norwich in the FA cup quarter finals next. Manchester United play Brighton and Hove Albion next in the premier league. We will have to wait and see if Anthony Martial keeps up his scoring form in the upcoming games.