Manchester United recorded their third straight derby win over Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.
This victory might just edge out the other two, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not only managed to end Pep Guardiola’s 21-game winning streak, he also succeeded in doing this in the absence of key starters like Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani.
The duo of Scott McTominay and Fred have done just well without the French midfielder, but the Red Devils have failed to fill Cavani’s void upfront during his unavailability.
Meanwhile, Anthony Martial, who was expected to be United’s first-choice striker this season, has generally failed to even provide a proper competition to the 34-year-old striker.
Nonetheless, the Frenchman stepped up in a big way during the Manchester derby, indicating just what he’s capable of bringing to the table when he’s at top of his game.
Anthony Martial vs Manchester City pic.twitter.com/QZ1078Xwld
— ً (@OFComps) March 7, 2021
🗣”He was the Anthony of old”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is full of praise of Anthony Martial’s display for Manchester United against Manchester City pic.twitter.com/9ZnmE6L8Mf
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 7, 2021
Anthony Martial just bullied the two best defenders in the league for nearly 90 minutes. He’d be some player if he could play like that more often. pic.twitter.com/FLbiyzO5c3
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 7, 2021
Anthony Martial’s game by numbers vs. Man City:
95% pass accuracy
4 attempted take-ons
3 successful take-ons
3 shots [2 on target]
2 ball recoveries
2 fouls suffered
1 penalty won
Outstanding. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/43sbdTra6U
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 7, 2021
Despite failing to get his name on the scoresheet, the 25-year-old put in a man of the match display. His dribbling into a crowded City box led to a penalty from Gabriel Jesus, which was then converted by Bruno Fernandes to give the visitors a lead in just the second minute of the game.
Solskjaer was delighted with Martial’s contribution, and will certainly hope the forward manages to replicate ‘Anthony of old’ more often.