Anthony Martial produced a powerful display at No.9 during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The Frenchman, in spite of receiving next to no service from an underwhelming attacking midfield, posed numerous problems at White Hart Lane with his mazy style on the ball and direct attitude going forward.
He left Kieran Trippier for dead with a superb turn after 70 minutes before teeing up Wayne Rooney for what turned out to be little more than a consolation goal.
Nevertheless, Martial can be proud of what was another dedicated performance, as shown by his stats from the game.
Martial's game by numbers:
2 chances created
2 aerial duels won
Made a difference on the LW. pic.twitter.com/PgsehKoVcn
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 14, 2017
Something has undoubtedly changed in Martial’s approach over the past month or so. The Frenchman has too often this season conveyed a sense of detachment mixed with frustration on and off the pitch, notably discontented with the lack of minutes received under Jose Mourinho.
But his showing against Spurs was symbolic of a renewed, deeply energised mindset going forward. He often found himself isolated as Wayne Rooney, along with Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, struggled to breach the final third, but whenever the ball went forward he was there, furiously testing Jan Vertonghen and Tony Alderweireld whenever the green grass opened up ahead of him.
On another day, his two expertly curled efforts would have stuck inside Hugo Lloris’ far post and created a different narrative altogether, but Mourinho will be more than pleased with what was another dedicated display.