Anthony Martial produced a devastating performance on the left hand side during Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Burton Albion in the League Cup.
The Frenchman was an endless source of menace out wide, gliding past players at will and producing some breathtaking footwork – something crystallised by Man United’s third goal, which came after he danced through a group of Burton players and laid the ball to Jesse Lingard.
He created numerous chances for teammates and indeed himself, eventually claiming a deserved goal – his fourth of the season – on the hour mark.
His stats shed light on what was a truly outstanding display from start to finish against the Championship side.
Martial's game by numbers vs. Burton:
2 chances created
100% dribbles completed
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 20, 2017
I would usually say that Martial’s numbers from the game ‘tell you the story’ of how he played, but not this time. No statistics could encapsulate the nature of that performance.
You had to watch it. You had to experience it yourself. You had to feel the pain being experieced by those poor, bewildered Burton defenders. The way he held the ball and surged forward was extraterrestrial at times.
Of course, bigger and more meaningful challenges lie ahead for the 21-year-old, but the clash with Burton served as a potent reminder of what he can do when given space.