Manchester United’s second half against AZ Alkmaar was a joy to watch.
United netted four goals in the space of 11 minutes to take the Dutch side apart.
Mason Greenwood scored two, Juan Mata converted a penalty, and Ashley Young was the surprise player to open the scoring.
It wasn’t all good, with United’s first half one of the worst 45 minutes of the Europa League campaign so far.
There were indifferent first half performances from several players, but even Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata stepped it up in the second half.
You can almost excuse Matic’s poor start to some degree considering this was his first game back since October.
Anthony Martial did not have he same excuse. He was United’s most disappointing player.
Martial is both a brilliant player and a frustrating player. He is capable of excellence, and indifference.
Last night it was the latter, he just didn’t look interested and was far too casual.
It was a shame as this game was a chance for him to make a statement and add to his goalscoring tally for the season.
Instead he fluffed his one big chance, blazing over after Mason Greenwood found him in space inside the box.
The game was goalless at the time and Martial needs to become more clinical in these circumstances.
Greenwood showed him how it is done with two goals, and he has now caught up with Martial on six for the season.
Martial managed only 16 touches in 58 minutes before he was taken off, with his one shot off target his only notable contribution.
The Frenchman has been up and down this season, his goal against City in the derby was vital, but he has just one in his last five games and two in his last eight.
His place is now under threat from Mason Greenwood, and with the possibility of a striker being added in January, he needs to show improvement over the next few weeks.
Perhaps this was just ‘one of those games’ from Martial and he will fire us to victory against Everton. We wouldn’t put it past him.
The problem is these are happening a little too frequently, and he needs to show more consistency.
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