After a complicated start of the season, Anthony Martial seems to be hitting form just at the right time for Manchester United as they enter an extremely congested calendar. And, in that regard, the Frenchmen’s goals and assists are going to be monumental if they want to have a great second half of the season.
Anthony Martial has been a key player in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side and an underrated one at that. Ever since Solskjaer became the club’s manager, the Norwegian placed Martial as his main striker and his quality finishing and link-up play proved to be essential in the 2019/20 season, scoring 23 goals with 12 assists.
Having said that, Anthony Martial didn’t start this current season in hot form, getting sent off against Tottenham in the league’s third fixture and struggling to score in the English Premier League until last week against Sheffield United. One of the biggest criticisms that Martial has received throughout his career is that he is an inconsistent player and while his low goal production so far this season could fuel that argument, it doesn’t give you the whole picture.
So far this season, Martial has 4 goals and 5 assist in 15 games, which amounts to 1083 minutes of playing time. In total, that gives you a production level of a goal or an assist every 120 minutes. Not exactly world class and not close to his best, but Anthony Martial is getting there, having scored two goals and assisted four more in three games since the Sheffield game last week. Slowly but surely, he is slowly returning to his best level.
Martial is a very unique player in the current Manchester United setup because he is capable of doing link-up play with many different teammates, such as Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and the recent victory of United 2-0 against Everton showed a nice partnership also with Edinson Cavani. A footballer that is capable of both scoring and link-up with his teammates is always going to be highly-regarded by his managers and Anthony Martial is going to be absolutely crucial for Manchester United’s ambitions for the remainder of the season.