After starting on the left wing, the 19-year-old scored his first ever Champions League goal with a superb diving header to equalise for Man United and earn them a point which could prove crucial come the end of the group stage.
It wasn’t all good for Martial though, as the youngster gave away a penalty in the first half which saw CSKA take the lead.
It was a moment to forget for the Frenchman as his hand was raised well above his head to concede an unnecessary penalty. Martial made amends in the second half with his header and United fans were delighted to see him back on the scoresheet:
Martial makes amends. Get in 1-1 #mufc
— Miles Dunton (@milesdunton) October 21, 2015
Martial looking like better and better value with every passing game…. #mufc
— Tim Montgomerie ???????? (@montie) October 21, 2015
Martial is already that good he can play off the boil for most of a game.. and still pull out a moment of magic to change everything.
— Hayles (@Hayles_101) October 21, 2015
The striker was ineffective in the first half as he struggled to make inroads down the left hand side. CSKA always ensured they had two defenders marking Martial whenever he got the ball, making it extremely difficult for the youngster. However, he grew into the game in the second half and his header meant United came away with a deserved point.
Martial’s strike was his fifth goal for United since signing from Monaco on transfer deadline day. His start to his career with the club has been nothing short of extraordinary and he proved again today why Louis van Gaal decided to fork out so much money for a teenager.
Martial will now turn his attention back to the Premier League as United await the visit of Premier League title rivals Manchester City. A win would see United leapfrog their ‘noisy neighbours’ and give them a huge boost in the title race early on in the season. Another stellar performance from Martial on Sunday could be exactly what United need to get the better of City and he will be hoping to impress in his first Manchester derby.