Anthony Martial produces scintillating performance from the bench against Tottenham Hotspur

by Leo Nieboer

Anthony Martial produced a decisive performance from the bench with a late goal to hand Manchester United a vital 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The Frenchman, hooked off at half time last weekend, was introduced with 20 minutes left as the home side started to dominate the affair.

And he provided the decisive touch after nipping in behind Jan Vertonghen and sliding a scuffed shot past Hugo Lloris with nine minutes remaining.

As his numbers show, this was yet another ruthless, clinical, late goalscoring cameo from the bench that handed Jose Mourinho’s men three important points.

As the 21-year-old, seemingly out of nowhere, raced clear on goal, there were never any doubts that he would punish a rare lapse in concentration from the Spurs defence.

This is, after all, what Martial has done best this season: coming on against tired legs and frayed minds absorbed in the throes of a good old-fashioned battle in the rain and providing a perfect, ruthless touch to kill off the opponent.

The innate coolness that runs through Martial’s veins – an air of simultaneous detachment and killer instinct – is what separates him from most footballers, and it was what saw him rise above the rest at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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