The Frenchman, who scored another late goal from the bench against Everton, was handed a chance to start against the Championship side and wreaked havoc on the left flank, supplying an incredible assist for Lingard after 36 minutes.
He could have claimed a handful of goals, such was his constant threat, and he eventually got on the scoresheet on the hour mark with a cool finish past Connor Ripley.
And Lingard, speakning after the game, was quick to point toward’s Martial constant threat as one of the highlights of the game.
“When he is running at you, any defender is going to be put on the back foot,” he said. “If he continues to do that throughout the season, he’ll be a force this season.
“I thought we dominated the game throughout. With the pace we had up front, we pressed them early on and the early goal helped us a lot.
“It puts them on the back foot and starts us off on the front foot and we wanted more goals after that.”
You have to see it to really understand it. Some players are quick; others, however, have a kind of sharp, slippery edge to the way they burst past opponents that provides a semblance of something far more dangerous.
Arjen Robben has it; Lionel Messi obviously has it; Gareth Bale as well.
And Martial unquestionably has it. His eagerness to enter full flow, attacking opponents whenever he can, provides an important contrast to last season.
More generally, however, it is a joy to watch.