Manchester United seem poised for victory yet again, extending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning run to an unprecedented 11 games. At the half-time whistle, United were leading 2-0 against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
A scintillating opener from Pogba with a tight angle set the Red Devils rolling. However, the Frenchman’s effort wasn’t the most memorable event of the half, as that honor would belong to his compatriot.
Anthony Martial, enjoying his first start since signing a 5-year extension to his stay at Old Trafford, netted an absolutely brilliant goal to make it 2-0. While the goal in itself was a beauty, an even more remarkable feat was its build-up.
Won by the United midfield and swiftly passed to the young Frenchman, Martial did all the work on his own in a pacey run to the penalty box, effectively confounding the Fulham defense.
The end result? Tony Martial Scores Again
Red Devils stormed to Twitter to let their approval of the former Monaco man become apparent.
MARTIAL MAKES IT TWO!
Individual brilliance from the forward.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 9, 2019
Louis Saha on Martial’s goal: “It reminds me of Thierry Henry all day. It’s just a fantastic goal.” #mulive [sky]
— utdreport (@utdreport) February 9, 2019
The Anthony Martial starter pack. pic.twitter.com/28xypWHmSf
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) February 9, 2019
At the start of the goal move, toto mama doubling down on the wing to track Fulham's fullback Odoi.
Remember when Mourinho was a 🦕for asking his wingers to defend so deep
➡️ Maybe it's how 433 is supposed to work
➡️ Obviously didn't hinder Martial to score 70 yards away pic.twitter.com/tb2ikKSqzX
— Sébastien (@SebC__) February 9, 2019
Anthony Martial absolutely ruins compatriot Maxime Le Marchand to score an exceptional goal from the halfway line vs. Fulham this afternoon. At his most confident, the ex-Monaco man is a world beater.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) February 9, 2019
From his own half! Martial makes it two! Never play Sanchez there again Ole! This boy is the real deal!!!!#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) February 9, 2019
MARTIAL FC WHERE YOU AT
— ManUtdMindset (@ManUtdMindset) February 9, 2019
A good deal of the tweets commented upon how Mourinho repeatedly sidelined Martial for being sub-par and that United would have lost out on the sheer brilliance that their no.11 packs if they had sold him as the Portuguese gaffer earlier intended to.
Martial FC was in full attendance to laud their beloved forward and it seems likely that the PSG defense will have a daunting threat to deal with during their mid-week Champions League encounter.
For now, it will be interesting to see how many more goals the youngster will be able to net this season. It is obvious that the Solskjaer effect is doing him good. Now, fans will be hoping that the Norwegian will stay on to better Martial even more.