Anthony Martial, world class? That’s the view of Robin van Persie after a pretty accomplished performance from the Frenchman against Copenhagen.
The game itself was a pretty bizarre one. United always felt in control, though Copenhagen were threatening without really having a shot on target.
Their goalkeeper had the absolute game of his life, preventing Anthony Martial, and others, from scoring when the ball was in open play. He deserves credit for that.
However, some of the runs made by Martial were just breath-taking. On a couple of occasions, he beat about three or four men on his own, before being denied by the aforementioned Karl-Johan Johnsson in between the sticks.
Sure, he may not have scored, but the United star was on the receiving end of some heavy praise from former Red Devil, Robin van Persie, after the game.
The Dutchman labelled him the ‘outstanding player’ before stating how much he enjoys him. Finally, RVP labelled him ‘world-class’ for his overall output.
‘When he switches it on he’s just too fast, too silky and wow, what a player!’
Van Persie later said: ‘Martial, what a player he is. He is such a joy to watch. It’s like he’s having a kick-about in his own garden,’
‘What I like about Martial is he has an eye for his team-mates – he isn’t just playing for himself.
‘He always has an eye for his team-mates and that’s what sets him apart form very good players.
‘That’s why I think he’s world class. He can provide, he can give assists, he dribbles, he’s fast but he has great awareness of what’s around him’.
This season, Martial has been simply outstanding. The Frenchman is fully justifying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to move away from Romelu Lukaku – while the partnership he’s forming with Marcus Rashford continues to go from strength-to-strength.
I just hope Martial can kick it up another notch for our semi-final, and potential Europa League final over the next week or so. We’re going to need everyone to be at their best. Who knows, a potential meeting with Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young may well be waiting in the final…