The Frenchman was given the task of occupying a different role against Everton, starting out on the left as opposed to his usual position up front – a move scrutinised by some as the teams were announced.
But Martial made a seamless transition into the left wing slot, offering his usual mesmerising pace and skill on the ball as well as showing great discipline and efficiency when Everton went forward.
A look at the stats shows just how imperious the 19-year-old was: 10 take-ons, 3 aerial duels won, 3 crosses, 2 blocks, 2 shots, 1 chance created.
Few – if any – would have anticipated Martial’s rise to hero status at Old Trafford upon his arrival. But his performance against Everton is further evidence of the teenager being the real deal. What we are witnessing is no purple patch.
Martial’s ability to adjust to playing on the wing, a position he occupied for France in the international break, gives United another dimension to their attack. Continuously lively and penetrative, he poses as a more direct option on the wing.
The most notable aspect of the Frenchman’s game, however, was his ability to pose a threat from start to finish. Even in injury time, when the game was a foregone conclusion, he was still ripping into the heart of Everton’s back four. It was a truly wonderful sight, and one United fans will hope to see for many years to come.