Manchester United did look a bit wobbly initially against Aston Villa during their away game on Thursday. However, that did not deter them in any manner to post a confident 3-0 win which ended up setting a historic precedent in the Premier League.
Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring in the first-half through a contentiously awarded penalty which was cemented by Mason Greenwood with a sublime strike. The Portuguese midfielder was involved yet again in the second half when he snuck a clever ball to Paul Pogba from a corner kick who made no mistake in scoring a confident goal.
However, noticeably absent from the scoresheet was Anthony Martial who has made somewhat of a habit to score regularly as of recent and his disappointment in himself was quite evident.
The French forward was subbed off in the 79th minute for Odion Ighalo and his reaction said it all.
Martial was clearly not happy to have been taken off the game at that point as he may have felt that the next goal was nearly on its way, an initial attempt having hit the woodwork. Fans took notice of this reaction and took to Twitter to comment upon it.
80′ – Martial visibly angry after being substituted. As Gary Neville notes, a good sign for a no.9 #mulive
— utdreport (@utdreport) July 9, 2020
Strikers mentality that from Martial.
Ole will be happy with the desire from him! pic.twitter.com/QuiBrwL752
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) July 9, 2020
Roy Keane praising Martial’s ‘battling qualities’ is something i never expected to see
— nikhil (@NG_________) July 9, 2020
Martial angry about coming off without a goal. Solskjaer is loving that (so am I lol).
— Dead (@splashfordd) July 9, 2020
Don’t let Martial’s performance go under appreciated if he fails to get a goal today. Absolutely elite link up and hold up play.
— Jack 🥋 (@utd_Jack_) July 9, 2020
This is great from the Frenchman given that he has often been questioned about his apparent lack of hunger to score goals. When he was subbed off the field in the previous two Premier League games it was after having netted an impressive hattrick and a good goal pairing with Marcus Rashford respectively.
Failing to do either or even net a single goal is bound to have left Martial slightly unhappy.
Nevertheless, the 24-year-old has done the hard work so far this season, which has been his best one in terms of these scoring numbers. Now all that remains to be seen is just how much he is able to add to that tally by the time the season concludes which he’ll be hoping will arrive for the Red Devils in late August in the finals of the Europa League.