Manchester United were able to defeat Cardiff City 5-1 on Saturday, scoring five in the Premier League for the first time since their last game under Sir Alex Ferguson, and it certainly speaks volumes as to the impact that the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had on the club.
It took the side less than three minutes to attain the lead, with the opener arriving through a well-placed Marcus Rashford free-kick. A few minutes later, Ander Herrera was able to make it 2-0, albeit through a deflection that altered the path of the ball.
Following that, United conceded a penalty which Victor Camarasa was able to bury. However, the response was quick from the Red Devils, with Anthony Martial’s goal making it 3-1 before the half-time whistle.
The second half was Jesse Lingard’s to hail, with a penalty and a late goal sealing the game for the Mancunian giants. However, the taste of victory and the roar of celebration had commenced after Martial’s goal itself, which was an exquisite display.
The Frenchman had started the run, and Lingard and Pogba, through good passing and a cool presence, were able to ensure that Martial was gifted the ball in an intriguing spot, from where he finished it calmly, the woodwork aiding his goal.
It was the sort of goal that United fans haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing for a while now, and quite predictably, a creator of many such goals had nice things to say about it.
Speaking to BT Sport, Wayne Rooney commented: “This goal (Martial) is a contender for the goal of the season. Fantastic goal. Anthony Martial was fantastic. Every time he got the ball he was always a threat. For me, he was the best player.”
While the statement may be a bit of a hyperbole, one can’t really blame the former United striker, given how rare of a sight goals themselves were becoming at the club, let alone such a beautiful one.
The Englishman also added: “It’s fascinating to see how Ole sets the team up and how the team responds to it, and they have to respond in a positive victory today.”