Manchester United Football Club have been breathtaking to watch at times this year. Jose Mourinho has instilled a real winning mentality within the squad, and the self-proclaimed Special One must be pleased with the start that his side have made.
One of the key players for our good run of form is Anthony Martial. The insanely talented Frenchman has made a brilliant impact, most notably from off of the substitutes bench. He’s scored goals galore and become an all-round menace for the opposing back lines.
On Wednesday United head to Russia to take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Personally, I think he may start, but here are three reasons why I believe it’ll be better to leave him on the subs bench.
He’s a brilliant super-sub
I’m a fan of the mantra ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.’ The star 21-year-old has worked wonders coming off of the bench and making an impact late in games, so why should that change?
This is a player who’ll frighten the life out of tired defenders, and the skill and trickery he possesses must drive opponents absolutely mental. Mourinho loves what Martial brings to the table in certain situations, and I think the CSKA Moscow game will be tight right until the end. Martial could make the difference.
Rashford offers more defensively
The manager trusts Rashford to put a shift in defensively. The young man from Wythenshawe was outstanding in his own third against Southampton at the weekend, and a similar job could be expected of him here.
CSKA Moscow will want to come out and attack as they are playing at home, and they will give us a stern test in every aspect of the game. For that reason, I think Rashford is the pick and we should save Martial for late on.
Keep him fresh for the weekend
Manchester United host Crystal Palace on Saturday, in a fixture that Mourinho’s side will have large portions of the play. The Eagles will come to the Theatre of Dreams hoping to get their first point on the board, and I think the Red Devils will have the lions share of the ball.
Martial should start in this fixture because he’ll be on the front-foot and doing what he does best, rather than tracking back and trying to defend. Why not keep him fresh and raring to go for this game because his on-ball ability could be the difference between one point and three.