Phil Neville explains why Marcus Rashford is better than Anthony Martial

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United full-back Phil Neville believes that Marcus Rashford deserves to start ahead of Anthony Martial following recent performances.

Rashford has enjoyed a clinical start to the season, claiming six goals and four assists for club and country in six starts.

And Martial, in turn, has been Jose Mourinho‘s silent killer from the bench, claiming four goals – more than Alexandre Lacazette and Harry Kane – and two assists from just three starts.

But Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, was quick to note that the 19-year-old was a better option for when it came to choosing Man United’s strongest XI.

“Yeah I think he’s ahead of Martial. If you were picking United’s best starting XI, at this moment in time Rashford plays on the left,” he said.

“Martial is doing well, he’s improved, he’s only 21 and it’s a good battle. I think what’s happened this year they’re actually spurring each other on.”

There is, of course, a need amongst pundits to ask the question: who out of x or y is better?

But I don’t want to engage in this, partly because coming out with a concrete answer is actually impossible. Statistics only tell you so much, after all.

We should, rather than pitting them against each other, express delight at the dangerous dynamic on the left hand side now at Mourinho’s disposal. The mixture of Rashford’s powerful running and direct attitude followed by Martial’s slick, ruthless style from the bench is wreaking havoc this season and it could play an important role in United’s title challenge.

Not many managers can compete with the strength of Mourinho’s bench this season.

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