Anthony Martial is in a unique position for Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain tonight.
This is due to his Premier League suspension, which means he had a rest ahead of this Champions League opener.
But unlike the rest of his teammates, Martial does not have to worry about Saturday’s league clash with Chelsea.
This puts Martial in strange circumstances, giving him the opportunity to give absolutely everything against PSG physically and mentally without having to worry about conserving energy.
This should enhance Martial’s prospects of putting in a top performance, as he should be fired up to make an impact.
Martial began the season as United’s undisputed first choice centre-forward. Suddenly that’s not the case.
After a poor start in his opening three matches, with a red card against Tottenham, Martial must earn his way back in.
New signing Edinson Cavani is lurking, and this should motivate Martial to put ins a strong performance in Paris.
Cavani did not travel with the squad as he is still working on his fitness. Martial really has to seize this opportunity.
Marcus Rashford has also thrown down the gauntlet with his performance against Newcastle.
Rashford’s one goal and two assist performance up front at St James’ Park was the best from a United striker this season.
While the England international will probably play on the left in Paris, they could start up front together if United go with a 3-4-1-2 formation.
Mason Greenwood, unavailable v PSG, and Odion Ighalo, both add further depth up front.
Martial needs a strong performance, and a goal ideally, against PSG to kickstart his season.
While United have to be wary of Rashford’s minutes, especially with question marks over Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani heading into the Chelsea game.
This means Martial will ideally get all 90 minutes against PSG. He just has to do enough while he is on the pitch, to earn that right to stay on it, with five substitutes available.
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