Anthony Martial has certainly been brilliant for Manchester United so far this season. Despite coming off the bench for most of the matches, the talented forward has already managed to net three goals in the Premier League for the Red Devils.
His man of the match performance during the side’s 4-1 win against Burton earlier this week in the Carabao Cup was simply astounding. Following that display from the Frenchman, manager Jose Mourinho has given his piece of mind as to why Martial has been playing this well.
The Portuguese was asked about the youngster ahead of the English giants’ clash against Southampton, and he simply had this to say: “I see a great improvement in the person, in the mood, in the face, in the body language — if you want just a word, in the happiness.”
Moreover, since Martial wasn’t able to replicate his debut season’s form under Mourinho last season, the boss continued: “He’s a happy guy, he’s working extremely well. He starts matches, he tries to do well. He goes from the bench, even it is for 10 minutes like in the last match at home, he tries to enjoy and try to give something in these extra minutes.”
His later comments too may spell good news for the 21-year-old, who has been locked in a competitive starting battle with Marcus Rashford for the left attacking position in the senior squad. “I am very pleased with his attitude overall and then it’s easier to play well,” Jose added.
The duo is touted to be an integral part of Manchester United’s desire to rejuvenate their once hallowed status in domestic and European football. The side is already a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League, remaining undefeated after five matches, four of which held the score line 4-0.
When they encounter Southampton on Saturday, it is undeniable that they shall look to cement their spot at the top and seek an edge over their rivals Manchester City, with whom they are tied for number one. Perhaps Martial’s antics will bring about a change in even that.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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