Manchester United’s lacklustre draw against lowly Club Brugge was lit up by the performance of one player – Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman has come in for a lot of stick from fans lately but after his superb headed goal against Chelsea on Sunday, he put in another man-of-the-match performance in Belgium.
Martial’s goal was exquisite and he was unlucky not to add a second after a long range curler hit the post.
Anthony Martial’s first half vs. Club Brugge by numbers:
4 attempted take-ons
2 successful take-ons
2 shots on target
Took his goal very well. ???? pic.twitter.com/hBarAjx7Yn
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 20, 2020
Despite the previous dip in form, Martial now has 20 goals and assists in 28 games this season.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) February 20, 2020
United fans have waited a long time to see the 24-year-old at his best and it was frustrating to see him pulled off when the Reds needed a winner.
Fernandes was called back earlier yet Solskjaer's had a rethink. Odd to take United's best player off. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) February 20, 2020
On the one hand, it is understandable that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to rest Martial for Sunday’s important home game against Watford, but by leaving him on the pitch the tie could have been buried, allowing several first team starters to be rested in the second leg.
But now Solskjaer will have to field a strong side again when Brugge visit Old Trafford a week today, just three days before a harder Premier League tie against Everton at Goodison Park.