Anthony Martial can frequently be a sullen character. It’s genuinely a joy to see him smile, and United need to see this more.
In Spain this past week Martial has been enjoying spending time on the training pitch with new signing Bruno Fernandes.
The pair were seen smiling together yesterday, posing for the cameras and looking like best of pals.
It followed a Fernandes and Martial pairing during a ‘Teqball’ tournament, where they were seen dispatching opponents Andreas Pereira and Fred.
It is very likely no accident Martial and Fernandes were paired up together.
Martial has been struggling for goals lately and the main reason for this has been a lack of quality service.
Fernandes has the ability to change this. He had 10 assists for Sporting this season prior to his move and averaged 3.7 chances created per game.
On his debut at Old Trafford, Fernandes played a deeper role and didn’t manage to create any chances. Martial struggled.
It is so important to get them clicking. The first step is for the pair to get to know one another and learn how the other thinks. If there is one player United need Fernandes to gel with quickly, it’s Martial.
So it is good to see Fernandes and Martial bonding together during this winter training camp in Marbella.
If Martial is to turn his season around and add to his respectable if unspectacular tally of 12 goals, Fernandes is likely to play a huge part.
We might not see it right away, but the Fernandes and Martial connection working will be key to United’s success this season.
Martial needs Fernandes, and it is no wonder he is smiling with his new pal.
Once fellow new boy Odion Ighalo joins his new teammates too, and helps sharing the load with Martial, the Frenchman may be even happier.
With the pressure off, he may enjoy a bit more freedom. The work and fun and games this week in Spain has the potential to pay dividends.
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