Martial emulates Ronaldo with double over City
Anthony Martial has now joined a select group of players after his goal against Manchester City.
The Frenchman netted United’s opener in the 2-0 win at Old Trafford, and scored the winner at The Etihad last season in a 2-1 victory.
He is the first Manchester United player to score home and away against City since Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2006/07 season.
This is the contribution United expect from the club’s star striker. Martial is delivering.
It’s obviously worrying that United have gone so long without having a player score home and away over City over the past decade.
This goes back to the very late Sir Alex Ferguson days too, as well as the difficult years since.
You can look at individual strikers like Romelu Lukaku who failed to deliver against top teams, and you can also look at it as just being an odd statistical quirk.
Where we come down on it, is that it is credit to City, and the defensive strength over this past decade, making it tough for teams to enjoy any period of sustained success against them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves real credit for leading United to three wins over City this season out of four attempts.
Martial too is making excellent progress up front, this was his 16th goal in all competitions this season and one of his best all round performances.
He has responded well to the added competition of Odion Ighalo and is becoming a real team player, working hard defensively.
The more opportunities he gets, and the more game time he has alongside Bruno Fernandes, then more records will fall.
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