Wayne Rooney famously scored a hat-trick on his Manchester United debut in the Champions League.

But did you know it took him 147 games to score his first Premier League hat-trick for Manchester United?

Cristiano Ronaldo took a while too, as many as 139 Premier League games in total to score three times in one match.

Anthony Martial cut it fine, but he has just about beaten Ronaldo’s pace to score his first hat-trick.

Courtesy of Statman Dave on Twitter, this was Martial’s 138th game for Manchester United, which finally saw him net three times in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

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It was overdue for many reasons

United had not had a player score a hat-trick since Robin van Persie’s title clinching haul in 2013.

The longevity of this record standing summed up the club’s often disjointed attack in recent seasons.

Now Anthony Martial appears to be finally clicking, playing in his favoured central role, wearing the number nine shirt.

He scored his 17th, 18th and 19th goals of the season last night, and has seven in his last seven starts.

 

Martial is a player who United have a lot of belief in, and have refused to give up on.

At still just 24, Martial is going to get better and better, and this hat-trick will boost his confidence.

Ronaldo was a one-off, but it was notable how his career at the club took a few seasons to get going before really exploding.

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This hat-trick and this season as a whole could be a huge moment for Martial, if he can use this to become even more dominant.

That will mean being totally ruthless on a consistent basis, like he was last night.

He has a long way to go to become as prolific as Rooney and Ronaldo were, but this is a notable achievement for him.

This should be just the start for Martial, to launch his United career into a new, more successful phase.

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