Anthony Martial impressed Manchester United fans on his return from injury in the 1-0 win over Watford on Wednesday night.
The Frenchman, despite not being a constant attacking threat, was crucial in helping his side pick up their fourth consecutive win through winning a free kick – which eventually led to Juan Mata‘s goal – after a typically mazy run through the heart of Watford’s defence.
Man United fans, pleased at Martial’s quick return to action, praised his good display:
Martial and Rashford like a couple of whippets up front #MUFC
— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathieson7) March 2, 2016
Give credit to lvg for switching Rashford and Martial position. Turned out that we won the game due to it with Martial winning the freekick
— Karan⚽️ (@Karan_Singh_97) March 2, 2016
Mata's goal was a blinder, but the run by Martial leading up to the free kick is highly underrated.
— Ranjith (@DevilsAdvcate) March 2, 2016
Good decision to switch Martial and Rashford's positions in the second half. That's what opened up their defense somewhat.
— John (@pixelpeeping) March 2, 2016
Martial's run pre-freekick before the goal was incredible though. What a player.
— sam (@mufcsam_) March 2, 2016
To have one of your quieter games of the season and still provide the game-changing moment is testament to Martial’s sheer importance to this club.
Perhaps not 100% fit, Martial drifted in and out of the game. But when the time arrived he burst into action, bringing Old Trafford to its feet with one exceptional piece of individual brilliance.
With new attacking companion Marcus Rashford announcing himself in the loudest way possible, and with Memphis Depay finally coming to the fore, Martial will prosper from feeding off an injection of pace into van Gaal’s lineup in the coming weeks.