It’s been a difficult season for Anthony Martial, who became the most expensive teenager in world football when he moved to Manchester United in summer 2015.
Indeed, the France international finished his first campaign at Old Trafford as the Red Devils’ top scorer across all competitions but has found goals harder to come by since Jose Mourinho took the managerial hot seat last summer, netting just eight times in 34 appearances across all competitions.
But the 21-year-old added to his tally for the first time since February last Sunday as United strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Burnley.
In fact, in what could prove to be a real turning point for Martial under Mourinho, the statistics suggest the winger-forward was the Premier League’s top performer last weeekend, ranking first throughout the division for touches in the opposition box and attempted dribbles – according to data courtesy of EA SPORTS.
He was also one of just two players to score and assist in the same game, the other being Bournemouth’s Mark Pugh.
Many have questioned whether Martial can fit into the Mourinho philosophy. But if he continues to provide that level of proficiency in the final third, the Portuguese will struggle to leave the former Monaco star out of his long-term plans.
Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.