A resilient Manchester United fought back to see off a spirited West Ham in the London Stadium that saw the Red Devils record their ninth away win in a row in the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford to climb to fourth in the table.
However, it didn’t exactly go to plan, as United went in 1-0 down after Tomas Soucek buried a header at the far post.
But goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and impact substitute Marcus Rashford in the second half spared Solskjaer’s blushes as United moved two points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table.
Bruno Fernandes pulled the strings, Pogba looked back to his very best, but this doesn’t excuse the abysmal display by others who were fortunate enough to be entrusted with a start, none more so than Anthony Martial, who has seemed devoid of confidence since the start of the season. The Frenchman’s market value is estimated at €90m, which is roughly £81m, via the CIES Football Observatory (CIES).
If their calculations are to be believed, he had nothing to show for it – SofaScore graded the 25-year-old with a terrible rating of 6.2 out of ten – the worst out of any United player on the pitch including Edinson Cavani (6.5) – as he lost possession 10 times, won just two duels from nine attempts, was caught offside twice, dribbled past once and only took one shot on target.
The Daily Mirror gave Martial a 4/10 and claimed he ‘failed to look a threat and his disappointing season continues,’ whilst The Manchester Evening News went even further in their scathing assessment, insisting he was ‘weak on the ball and West Ham preyed on his flakiness.’
It’s no wonder, then, that the passenger was replaced by Juan Mata, although we do have to ask the question why he even started at the London Stadium in the first place, and he ought to be nervously looking over his shoulder after Greenwood and Rashford got themselves on the scoresheet, so his place in the starting line-up can no longer be guaranteed.
He came close to levelling the score after he latched onto a sensational pass from Fernandes shortly after the break but was flagged offside to sum up his frustrating night.
Martial’s sixth start of the campaign could be his last for quite some time after his poor performance with next week’s home fixture against derby rivals Manchester City firmly in the front of Solskjaer’s mind. There’s no doubt the United boss will have to reconsider his options ahead of what will be a hotly-contested clash towards the top of the table.
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