A sizeable portion of the Manchester United fanbase got their wish at the weekend, as Jose Mourinho decided to start Anthony Martial for the first time in a while. The French forward more than took his opportunity as he acquitted himself wonderfully.
The former AS Monaco man grabbed himself a well worked second half goal, and also laid on United’s opener for Juan Mata to get the Red Devils well on their way to three points.
Anthony Martial has now been singled out for high praise from none other than his strike partner, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The pair seem to be growing a nice relationship on the field, and for Ibra to come out and talk about how well the Frenchman is playing must be a real confidence booster for the striker.
“When he plays, he is playing well,” the Swede is quoted as saying by ManUtd.com. “He isn’t a guy that speaks a lot; he is quiet and very professional. He always tries to do his best, trains hard and that is paying off, just like in this match.”
“I think it depends on every individual and what kind of person they are and their approach, how open he is. It is different for every person. He is not going around with his head down. He is training hard, he gives a lot of energy and he wants to play, which is normal.”
Manchester United’s star striker then went on to talk about Martial’s display against Watford, and he seemed rather pleased with the performance of his teammate.
“He was creating good chances. I felt he tired in the second half because he was running a lot and he hasn’t played every game, but he played well. He scored a nice goal and it’s good for him and his confidence and the team.”
It really was excellent watching Martial at the weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I love Marcus Rashford but he’s born to be a striker, whereas ‘Toto’ is perfect cutting in from on the wing. Just look at the calmness in that goal he scored in the second half – it personifies his style of play wonderfully.
Also, credit has to go to Jose Mourinho for keeping his patience, biding his time and giving Martial the chance at the perfect opportunity. Now, I have no doubts that the confidence will be flowing once again.