It feels like Anthony Martial has been playing forever. In 2015 the Frenchman arrived at Old Trafford for £36 million, reaching up to £50 million in add-ons, making him the most expensive teenager in football at the time. Since then Martial has shown glimpses of his talent, but has had his fair share of obstacles in the way. Arrivals of players like Ibrahimovic and Lukaku saw, being pushed out wide and not being trusted as Mourinho’s starting central striker, has limited Martial’s growth.
Martial was Man United’s top goalscorer in his first season with the club, scoring 18 goals in 56 games along with winning the FA Cup and winning the 2015 European Golden Boy Award. Since then Martial has not hit those same heights, but in recent weeks he is coming to the fold, scoring a brace in a 2-2 against Chelsea and slotting away another goal in his previous game against Everton.
With Lukaku benched, Sanchez and Rashford most likely shifted out wide and Man United wanting to renew Martial’s contract for the long term, could this be the season Martial finally sets his position as Man United’s main striker?