The 20-year-old Frenchman has recently increased or revived his menacing striking form after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence of the anticipated magic expected after he scored on his debut for United last year. Manchester United seem to have finally found or reintroduced our top gear this season. Anthony Martial seems to me to be that top gear.
The 3-0 triumph against Stoke City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night was much needed for the Red Devils. With goals coming from Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and captain Wayne Rooney against Stoke in that order, Stoke was stoked into submission. Afterwards, Van Gaal insisted he’s both delighted and surprised at how Martial has adapted to life in England.
Martial was the lynch pin of the Man United/Stoke match as he terrorized Stokes’ defenders to no end. He assisted in Stokes 18 several times and one of his several terrorist moves was capitalized by captain Wayne Rooney, as ‘Wazza’ netted the third goal that sealed the faith of Stoke City.
Van Gaal said of Frenchman Martial: “It is very much surprising. You come from the French league, come to the Premier League and you do this at 20 then you have a lot of potential to give but then I am the manager not any more at that time when he is at his best”
Photo: Boss Louis Van Gaal (R) gives kudos (shakes Anthony Martial) after Martial was pulled out & also after he had scored the magic 2nd goal against Stoke City at Old Trafford.
Manchester United paid a whopping £36 million to sign the youngster in the last summer transfer window despite being an unknown quantity to many in England but who cares whether people in England or the British Press liked him then or they’ve changed their minds now. The fact remains that Anthony Martial is rejuvenated and has become resurgent at Old Trafford.
As Bleacher Report’s Rob Blanchette noted, in his tweet, the France international’s goal against Stoke was a joyous moment:
“There was such joy at Martial’s strike. We knew it was in as soon as he hit it & were celebrating before it hit the net. A rare moment. Although there have been plenty of individual instances of magic to savour from the former Monaco man, the forward confirmed he gets just as much joy from some of his unselfish play.”
I agree with Bleacher Report that:
“Martial no longer looks like the gamble many claimed he was last summer. The Frenchman is assured, adaptable and has a composed head in front of goal.
When Van Gaal does eventually depart the club, the man next in line at Old Trafford will be excited by the prospect of working with one of the best young forwards in the game.”
Please watch Anthony Martial and his amazing second goal against Stoke City on Tuesday night at Old Trafford, below:
Up Man U!