What to expect from Anthony Martial this season

Anthony Martial is a topic of discussion after the Sancho signing. The signing of Sancho means there is more of a chance he will play in his favored position at centre-forward. Below we talk about what you should expect from him ahead of next season:

Goals – Anthony Martial has a knack of scoring goals:

Anthony Martial has scored his fair share of goals during his time at United. In total, he has scored 78 goals in 258 games which isn’t bad. Notable seasons during his time at Manchester United include:

-The 2019/20 season were he scored 23 goals in 48 games

-The 2015/16 season were he scored 17 goals in 49 games

The addition of Sancho will mean that United will have more creativity from the width. Sancho will provide Martial with more goal-scoring opportunities.

Inconsistency – Anthony Martial goes on dry spells:

Martial tends to score in fits and starts, moving in and out of scoring form for United. Last season was a perfect case of Martial’s inconsistency, with the striker scoring seven goals in 36 games. Last season Martial had games that were brilliant like, the 2-0 win at the Etihad. In the matches, before the derby, he was benched after going on a barren goalless run. You get the impression that United is running out of patience with the striker after signing players in his position in four of the six transfer windows since he came in. If Martial is not consistent in the upcoming season, he will find himself on the bench for Cavani or Greenwood.

Good hold-up play – Anthony Martial can bring others into the game:

Martial’s hold-up play is vital to United. People believe if he is not scoring, he’s not playing well. An example was against Everton when he held up the ball until something was on. The impressive part was getting the ball down and starting the move. After beginning the attack, he gets involved twice more. Another example of good hold-up play from Martial is against Aston Villa. Against Villa Martial combined with Fernandes and Shaw before the latter found the former for a goal-scoring opportunity.

A big part of Martial’s inconsistent seasons is starting well. In his best campaigns he has scored in the first game he featured in:

2015/16 – Scored on his debut against Liverpool – 17 goals and 10 assists

2017/18 – Scored after coming on on Matchday 1 against West Ham – 11 goals and 9 assists (19 goal contributions before Sanchez joined in January)

2019/20 – Scored on Matchday 1 against Chelsea – 23 goals and 12 assists

It looks like if Martial is to fire on all cylinders this season, he needs the confidence boost of an early goal and so starting him today against Leeds could be what makes him or breaks him.

Author: Edward

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