Anthony Martial receives Manchester United ‘Player of the Month’ award for October

by Leo Nieboer

Anthony Martial has received his second ‘Player of the Month’ award in a row following another superb month at Manchester United.

The 21-year-old deservedly claimed the award last month after claiming three goals and four assists from just three starts.

He has continued to serve as an indispensable asset for Jose Mourinho, producing powerful performances against Tottenham Hotspur and Benfica.

And following his reintroduction to the France national team on Thursday, Martial has been voted as the club’s ‘Player of the Month’ once again.

Perhaps the key to Martial’s success, above anything, is that he appears to be integrated into Mourinho’s set-up more than ever before.

Last season, on the other hand, was a personal drama of sorts, a kind of Orwellian narrative whereby Martial looked almost cautious to take players on and express himself, plagued and hampered by outside forces. He looked on his own, and perhaps Mourinho’s comments, in hindsight, didn’t help too much.

This time around, however, his role is clear. While Mourinho opts for a more steady approach going forward on the right hand side, he has alternated between Marcus Rashford‘s cut and thrust and Martial’s streamlined brilliance on the ball on the left to devastating effect.

While Martial’s trajectory last season was strictly isolated to what he alone could do, this year has seen him develop a symbiotic relationship with the 20-year-old, and he has never looked more confident in a United shirt as a result.

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