Anthony Martial has been Manchester United’s focal point in attack all season but heading into a crucial double header in the next four days, he has become our only focal point.
Injuries to Wayne Rooney and Will Keane means Martial is our only first-team striker who is available for FC Midtjylland and Arsenal, meaning 18-year-old Marcus Rashford has been drafted into the squad.
If we were reliant on Martial previously, we are now exclusively reliant on him and that’s a lot of pressure for someone who only turned 20 in December. There aren’t any forwards in Europe aged under 21 who have played more of their club’s respective football so far this year and that says it all.
Luckily for United, Martial’s fitness is one of his clear strengths and he’s been able to cope with the heavy demands put on him:
It’s hard not to get carried away with how accomplished Martial is already but when you see him improving with almost every performance, it makes you realise that we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Over the next few years, his development is going to be so exciting to watch.
We’ll need Martial to be on top form in the next two games if we are to progress to the Europa League round of 16 and overcome Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday. If he can help steer us to both of those, he’ll endear himself even further to United fans.