The Frenchman, deployed on his own up top, once again showcased his raw brilliance on the ball against the League One side, but failed to make a big impact on the game.
Usually unanimous in their adulation for Martial, some Man United fans were dissatisfied with Martial’s display against Shrewsbury:
I said already Martial is struggling #MUFC
— Invincible (@junoon90) February 22, 2016
— Bishopville_Red (@bishopvillered) February 22, 2016
Other United fans, though, were full of praise for the 20-year-old:
I swear Martial glues the ball to his feet when he dribbles… 🙈
— God Is Life (@God_Is_life___) February 22, 2016
Peirera looked good.. Martial brilliant again, we played well tonight we need to prove ourselves though and keep this up #mufc
— dylan (@Dylanh334) February 22, 2016
Martial has, it seems, set the bar immensely high with regard to his performance levels. Despite being just three months in, supporters expect – and need, given the way other attacking players have stagnated – rip-roaring performances from the Frenchman every game.
And this is massively unfair; for someone so young, and for someone who plays every single match, the level Martial delivers – even when below par – is outstanding.
Even in one of his ‘quieter’ games, he was wonderfully nimble on the ball, and, despite being man-marked by two defenders, seemed to locate space and looked positive throughout.