Anthony Martial milks the moment.

Martial voted Man of the Match

Sunday 28 October 2018 20:25

Anthony Martial was the clear Man of the Match after the Manchester United fans were suitably impressed with his display in the 2-1 win over Everton.

The Frenchman sparkled in his left-wing role as he made it four goals in his last three Premier League outings with a quite stunning first-time shot that curled past Jordan Pickford, in the second half, for the eventual winner. It means he has found the net in five of his last six competitive meetings with the Merseysiders.

As he also earned the penalty that led to Paul Pogba opening the scoring, when being tripped inside the box by Idrissa Gueye, it was a decisive display by the popular forward. He also produced an inviting cross that created a chance for Juan Mata and will have been disappointed not to add a third goal in stoppage time when Pickford blocked his effort. 

Anthony Martial was unlucky not to score in the first half with this effort.

Jose Mourinho spoke glowingly about his no.11 after the game and also added in an interview with MUTV: "He showed the player he can be, because [he's] a talented player - he showed that many years ago. He showed that in Monaco, he showed that when he came to Manchester United, but [was] very intermittent.

"Today he showed that he can be a player with a really solid performance. This performance today without that wonderful goal would always be a good performance. So I think he's achieving a level where his performance is not just analysed by the goals he score, but by the performance overall, so he's becoming a better player."

The player himself told Sky Sports: "I am happy. I am in good form in this moment, so I have to train hard and continue to help the team."

Martial earned 69 per cent of the vote on Twitter, finishing well clear of Pogba (18%), Victor Lindelof (8%) and Fred (5%). It was a similar story on our official app with the 22-year-old gaining 64 per cent, with Pogba again logging 18%.

In terms of Opta's breakdown of his performance, he had more duels than any other United player (11) and was also leading the way in terms of key passes (four). All three of his shots were target, as he also tested Pickford when the score was still 0-0 with a searing long-range drive.

A clear threat throughout, he made 15 sprints - a joint-high with centre-forward Marcus Rashford from a Reds perspective - and Jose is likely to be pleased with his defensive contribution as well. Martial won the ball back four times and also shepherded it out of play a couple of times when doing a diligent job assisting Luke Shaw.

All in all, it was a great day's work for our in-form Frenchman!

Anthony Martial bends home a beauty.

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