Anthony Martial put in another impressive performance during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Frenchman, notably bereft of confidence this season, built on a stellar performance against West Ham United in midweek with another energetic, skilful display at Goodison Park.
A glance at his stats shed light on what was a powerful display from the 20-year-old.
Martial's game by numbers vs Everton:
2 chances created
100% aerial duels won
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This was, by all accounts, a scrappy affair – not one for the footballing aesthete, that’s for sure. But Martial, even amid the rubble, was able to stretch his legs on several occasions. He gave Seamus Coleman plenty to think about at the back, which in turn precluded the potentially dangerous Irishman from getting forward against Jose Mourinho‘s men.
Another notable – but often ignored – aspect of Martial’s game is his composure on the ball. This was never a strong point for Martial at Monaco or during his first season at Old Trafford, but his smart link-up play with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic was indicative of the youngster maturing as a footballer.
Man United fans, once the initial heartache has subsided, will pick out various positives from their side’s performance, with Martial’s sudden burst of confidence acting as a reason to smile.