Premier League giants Manchester United have been off to flying start this campaign, having won five of their six domestic matches and both of their Champions League group-stage games. The English club currently sits in the second spot in the Premier League table on goal difference, behind local rivals Manchester City, and tops the Group A of the UEFA Champions League.
However, many would argue that the blistering performance of Jose Mourinho’s men on the pitch has been a result of the new signings that were brought in by the Old Trafford club this summer. The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have been highly instrumental on the field for United in both European and domestic competitions, while Swedish defender Victor Lindelof has proven the worth of his nickname, ‘The Iceman’, at the European stage.
With all that being said, there is one United star whose start to the 2017-18 season has been nothing short of phenomenal. After providing a hat-trick of assists and scoring from the spot kick in Red Devils’ Champions League win over CSKA Moscow last night, Anthony Martial has already racked up 5 goals and 4 assists in all competitions this campaign.
The Frenchman has been an ‘impact player’ for Jose Mourinho, especially coming off the bench. So far, Martial’s stats appear to be spectacular. but in fact, they are even more monumental considering the time he has been on the field of play.
The 21-year-old has started just one game in the Premier League so far, and has had a game-time of just 353 minutes, meaning that the young attacker has been directly involved in a goal every 39 minutes for his side this season.
Even though Romelu Lukaku has been in the limelight because of his current form, United’s No. 11 has been the player who has given the Red Devils an extra edge over their opponents.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.