Anthony Martial explains that assists are just as important as scoring for him

by Sam Peoples

Anthony Martial has explained that creating a goal is just as important as scoring one for him mentally which may go some way to explaining his style of play.

The Frenchman is just as much a creator as he is a finisher and his performance against Derby County on Friday typified that, as his two assists deserved earned him a Man of the Match award.

Ever since arriving in the summer, Martial has exceeded expectations and has created an aura around himself already which sets an extremely high standard so early on in his career at United.

“I have always been considered as an altruistic person,” told MUTV this week.

“This is something that has been said to me quite a lot. So both giving a decisive pass or scoring a goal means as much to me. At the end, the most important thing is to win as a team.

“I think it’s important to keep working hard to constantly improve and help the team to win titles and get back on top of the league table. Yes, I have a number in mind [as a goals target] but I’d rather keep it to myself.”

Every team needs creators and finishers. With Wayne Rooney bang in form and Martial chewing up full-backs and spitting them out, United have some sort of attacking threat in their side now for one of the first times this season.

It makes Martial such a threat to know he can go on the outside or inside at all and score or lay on a goal with an assist. His unpredictability is his strongest asset.

Heading into Stoke at home on Tuesday night, Martial remains our main threat and the person who we want to get the ball to as often as possible. If he can reproduce the sort of performance he put in against Derby, we could even see a goal before half-time. Madness, I know.

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