Manchester United fans were definitely encouraged by the one positive aspect in Anthony Martial out of their shock loss to Derby.
The Frenchman was a bright spark in the Carabao Cup clash but couldn’t quite find his shooting boots.
Nonetheless, supporters were pleased to see his productivity after being disappointed with Alexis Sanchez’s performances of late.
United were expected to cruise past Derby but made a mess of things despite initially leading within five minutes of the match.
How anyone can watch Martial and not think he should be starting for the shite we watch every week?
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) September 25, 2018
Martial done more in 3 minutes than Sanchez in 5 weeks. Imagine my shock
— Labile (@UtdLabile) September 25, 2018
So that's a goal and assist for Martial in his last two starts. Sanchez meanwhile… #mufc
— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) September 25, 2018
Martial was the best player on the pitch, Pogba has been excluded so who gets thrown under the bus? Eagerly waiting.
— The 🐐 (@RedS3ven) September 25, 2018
I don't care what anyone says, but if you really think Alexis Sánchez in his current form should start over Martial then you need to get yourself treated.
— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) September 25, 2018
Alexis Sanchez needs to watch some Martial comps on YouTube. It's the key to unlocking his full potential
— José (@MourinhoMindset) September 25, 2018
Anthony would’ve made his case a lot stronger had he netted but it was still a fine display that should earn him another appearance.
Jose Mourinho is unlikely to drop Alexis Sanchez in his favour just yet but if he keeps up the good form then his time will come.
The Portuguese manager likes players forcing their way into his plans with Luke Shaw the perfect example of that.
The Englishman had to continuously play well before overtaking Ashley Young and now Martial must do the same.