Manchester United were able to book a place in the semi-final of the Europa League, defeating Copenhagen 1-0 courtesy of a Bruno Fernandes penalty in the first half of extra time.
During the fixture, Anthony Martial made no mistake in displaying the absolute spectacular but simply couldn’t find a goal. United’s top goalscorer of this campaign had a different kind of swagger altogether as he was dancing and twirling his way past the defense only for his shots to meet the indomitable hands of Karl-Johan Johnsson.
Fans took great notice of the same and were praising the Frenchman for his flair.
However, an even more enviable remark of appreciation arrived from one of the best strikers in the game.
Robin Van Persie had the following to say after Martial’s performance on the night: “I think Martial is a world class player.”
A simple yet promising assessment given just how good he was at Cologne, despite having no goal to his name.
Robin van Persie: “The outstanding player for me tonight was Martial. When he switches it on he’s too fast, too silky. Wow. What a player.” #mulive [bt]
— utdreport (@utdreport) August 10, 2020
Anthony Martial’s game by numbers vs. F.C. Copenhagen:
100% pass accuracy
5 successful take-ons
4 passes into the box
4 shots (3 on target)
4 fouls suffered
3 chances created
2 ball recoveries
1 big chance created
1 penalty won
A really impressive display. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/653SDrhOtn
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 10, 2020
Further, this is in continuation of his best goalscoring season yet and the former Monaco man seems all the more hungry. Every time he was denied, the expression of disappointment he put on alone spoke volumes of the raw passion he has towards the club and for finding the goals.
The potential was expressed even more with how he operated, the raw numbers brandishing his ability. His four shots met a worthwhile match but it was his footwork that did the real talking in the end.
At just 24 years of age, he still has his best playing days ahead of him and with performances like these, supporters will be salivating at how he’ll improve further under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.