Manchester United Football Club kicks off their Premier League season against West Ham United this coming Sunday, as Jose Mourinho prepares for his second year in charge of the Red Devils. With that game rapidly approaching, Anthony Martial simply has to start; in our opinion anyway.
For whatever reason, the Frenchman couldn’t get on the field against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, despite the fact that Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both had shockers, and Mourinho still had one substitute up his sleeve at full-time.
To me, it feels like the manager doesn’t fully trust Martial for whatever reason, and although that is concerning, the self-proclaimed Special One’s hand may be forced for a number of reasons.
Jesse Lingard’s poor form
I love Jesse Lingard and I totally understand why Mourinho tends to use him against the so-called bigger teams. The Englishman works hard and puts in a shift defensively. However, he was just awful against Madrid and was rightfully hooked at half-time.
United should be on the front foot against West Ham United, and they need all the attacking dynamism they can get. In that regard, Martial blows Lingard out of the water.
Marcus Rashford isn’t a winger
Marcus Rashford gave an excellent cameo in the Super Cup, skipping past players with consummate ease and really given us some attacking threat. For me though, he’s most effective as a striker and if the Wythenshawe-born teenager starts, it has to be up top.
If it was a straight up choice between starting Rashford or Martial as a winger, the Frenchman has to get the nod.
Anthony Martial is explosive
Although Martial may not hug the touchline and whip fierce crosses into the box, he will cut inside and really give us another goal threat. I firmly believe that his lack of appearances last season was one of the reasons as to why we drew so many matches last campaign.
In those tight-knit matches, the 21-year-old can unlock defences with his mazy runs, and I’m genuinely desperate to see him given a real run in the side to prove his worth.