Anthony Martial had a chance to prove what sort of damage he could do playing alongside Romelu Lukaku as a striker and boy did he hurt the opposition. An almost telepathic connection quickly formed between the pair as Martial assisted Lukaku twice before getting on the score-sheet himself.
Manchester United’s front three of Martial, Lukaku and Mkhitaryan all bamboozled CSKA Moscow’s defenders but it was perhaps the Frenchman who shined brightest. Not only did he use his pace to his full advantage but he also had his quick feet to rely on to take apart the Russian side.
Anthony has continued his bright start to the season and fans were rightly under his spell:
Martial was the coldest thing in Russia then.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) September 27, 2017
Martial is ruthless. These men just got back from driving tractors and picking up snow, and he's making them pick bodies now.
— m (@IceColdToto) September 27, 2017
Anthony Martial is most definitely back to playing his best football. Whether it's from the bench or he’s starting, he has looked electric.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 27, 2017
Martial should be starting every game, such a beast!
— Nico Smith (@NicoSmudge1) September 27, 2017
Mourinho switched the team’s formation around to accommodate Martial alongside Lukaku in a 3-5-2, requiring the strikers to work the channels and the former Monaco man did so to perfection, often dragging players away from his Belgian teammate then finding him with pinpoint crosses.
Although Rashford clearly remains Jose’s favourite for the time being, Anthony is certainly starting to win the Portuguese manager over. The young pair have been battling for a first team spot all season and it appears to have done them both a world of good.
With a winger targeted as Mourinho’s next buy, Martial and Marcus will be hoping to move into the striker position by then to ensure they don’t lose out on any game time. The question is, who will outplay the other before any of the transfer rumours of Griezmann or Bale turn into a reality.