Anthony Martial produced a lively performance at both No.9 and on the left hand side during Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round.
Jose Mourinho, speaking ahead of the clash with Warren Joyce’s side, made it clear that Martial – left out of the match-day squad for games against Stoke and Hull City – would receive a chance to reassert himself against Wigan.
And the Frenchman duly delivered, providing an endless supply of raw speed and innovation at the masthead of Man United’s attack whilst also claiming two assists as Mourinho’s men cruised to victory.
A glance at his numbers from the game sheds light on what was a truly scintillating performance against Wigan.
Martial's game by numbers vs. Wigan:
40% dribbles completed
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Martial approached this game with a series of ambiguous, conflicting reports about his predicament hanging over his head: some reports suggested that his relationship with Mourinho was at an all-time low, whilst others noted that the youngster was indeed happy at Old Trafford.
The game against Wigan was a chance to set the record straight. Would be continue to drift away, with the result being even more time on the bench before an inevitable move away this summer, or would he remind the watching world of his raw brilliance?
Thankfully, the latter prevailed: Martial took to the turf with a clear air of conviction, as if determined to demonstrate – to Mourinho, to supporters, and perhaps even himself – that he merits a place in the starting XI.