Did Martial meet Mourinho demands with performance vs. Wigan?

Whilst Manchester United’s first-team squad may still be a little short of undisputed world-class quality, there’s no doubt it’s the most holistic and varied in the Premier League.

That’s evident enough through the Red Devils’ advancements in the cup competitions this season; already booked for an EFL Cup final at Wembley, set to face St. Etienne in the first knockout round of the Europa League and now through to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup after comfortably dispatching of Wigan 4-0 at Old Trafford yesterday.

Anthony Martial’s endured a difficult season under Jose Mourinho, finding himself on the fringes of the starting XI despite finishing last term as United’s top scorer in the Premier League, and was left out of the last two matchday squads after being subbed off in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

“I don’t speak with the players about how they take it. He will play Sunday and if he plays magnificent, he will play against Hull City in the next match. It’s simple.”

But the Portuguese publicly promised the prodigious forward would keep his place for Wednesday’s clash with Hull City if he performed ‘magnificently‘ against Wigan and although Martial failed to get on the score sheet despite being fielded up top, he still had a pivotal impact on the 4-0 scoreline.

As our infographic shows, the Frenchman supplied for two of United’s goals, whilst conjuring up two more key passes, two successful dribbles, one cross that found it’s target and a pass accuracy of 85%.

So, has Martial done enough to earn himself a start against the Tigers? We’ll let you decide…

 


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