Anthony Martial was not even on the Manchester United bench for the 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool on Saturday – the fixture in which he made his name at Old Trafford two seasons ago – due to injury.
In the Frenchman’s absence, Alexis Sanchez was moved inside off the left flank and Marcus Rashford was handed his first league start since Boxing Day in that role.
Rashford made the most of his opportunity and staked his claim to keep his place for the visit of Sevilla in the Champions League last 16 second leg at Old Trafford with two clinical strikes to win the game for United.
That appears to have pushed Martial to the back of the queue for that wide left berth but Jose Mourinho confirmed that the former Monaco man is in the frame for a return as United seek to make the last eight of the competition for the first time since the 2013/14 season.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 12, 2018
That went down a treat with the United fans. They love Martial, who has 17 France caps, and want him to get more gametime. We’ve taken a closer look at the reaction from the supporters…
Martial FC back 🔥🔴
— Noir🔴 (@No_i_r_) March 12, 2018
Better start him or else we riot
— Vivek (@vivek21794) March 12, 2018
Love It. Adore Martial
— Eddie Gaitan (@PrezofCR) March 12, 2018
Hope the guy @AnthonyMartial starts tomorrow's match
— Jocelyn (Giveneth) ManUtd Lad💞💞 (@kenethpaul1988) March 12, 2018
Welcome back my man
— Lawrence (@Lawrencelawrito) March 12, 2018
RIP Sevilla defenders
— One Love (@abbausmanUK) March 12, 2018
— Michael Awe (@awemik) March 12, 2018
Some good news; we need to qualify for the next round with all our height & might.
— ThePyratez Kydd (@aNaughtyAngel) March 12, 2018