Manchester United’s Anthony Martial was signed to Manchester United as the most expensive teenager ever. With that came a lot of pressure in addition to immediately getting the #9 shirt at Manchester United. In his second Premier League game, it appears as if he is withstanding the pressure.
Martial currently has two goals today against Southampton and when he scored his second goal today, he maintained a 100% shot conversation rate by scoring three goals from three shots on goal in his EPL and Manchester United career.
Obviously the first was last week in the 3-1 win against Liverpool. His first today against Southampton was the kind of goal that looked more like a veteran would score rather than a young teenager. Most young players would just take a crack at goal on their first touch but Martial is patient in the box and let’s the play develop around him. He cut back, found a better opening and then scored. That is the stuff of a veteran goalscorer and Martial did it with ease.
On his second goal of the day, he shows his quick reaction and pounced on a botched Southampton back pass. After taking the pass and having a clear view of the goal, Martial doesn’t overthink the situation like many players would’ve done. He got the ball, took a dribble or two and took the shot. Textbook goal, textbook finishing.
It’s tough to and probably not wise to appoint Anthony Martial as the savior of Manchester United’s struggles after two games but it appears as if United has a pretty good player. To me, Martial’s effect on Man United’s goalscoring is a very similar effect to David de Gea’s effect on Man United’s goalkeeping in that they are the most important people in their realms and they very likely will be the sole cause of Manchester United winning a game in which they may have really earned a draw or a draw when they really earned a loss. That is what Anthony Martial can offer if this trend continues.