Neville explains why key Man United star is ahead of Martial in the pecking order

Manchester United Football Club takes on Southampton in a potentially tricky away game this weekend, with Jose Mourinho looking to keep us at the top in the Premier League. Ahead of that match, the self-proclaimed Special One has one key selection dilemma on his hands.

Both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rahsford have started the season in excellent form, and the gaffer only has one spot available in the team. It feels like when one starts, they perform poorly and the other one will come in as a substitute and score a goal or two.

Now, former Red Phil Neville has given his take on the situation, and he reckons that at this point in time, Rashford is just edging in front of his French counterpart.

“Yeah, I think he’s [Rashford] ahead of Martial. If you were picking United’s best starting XI, at this moment in time Rashford plays on the left,” he said, as per the Manchester Evening News’ live blog.

“Martial is doing well, he’s improved, he’s only 21 and it’s a good battle. I think what’s happened this year they’re actually spurring each other on.”

You find it hard to disagree with what the pundit is saying. Rashford has certainly made the more convincing start to the new campaign, but it’s close. I get the impression that the manager trusts Rashford just that little bit more, probably because the Englishman doesn’t mind tracking back and doing the dirty work every now and then.

For me, I would edge for Rashford too. Martial was far too inconsistent last year, and when he starts, he just doesn’t look at convincing to me. Of course, things can change and I’m delighted at the way both are playing right now. Hopefully, this battle will continue and they’ll keep pushing one another to new heights.

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