July 09, 2020

Man-United beat Southampton 3-2 as Martial Strikes Twice


By Derrick Kiplagat

Manchester United’s wonder kid continued to prove the worth of the £36 million spent on him, as he stroke twice to help United clinch their fourth win of the season. Man United’s game started off on a low note as they went behind after Grazziano Pelle converted a loose ball after David De Gea’s tremendous save.

Minutes later, Martial kept his cool and equalized for United, converting the visitors’ first shot on target, and then later took advantage of a mistake by the Saints’ right back Maya Yoshida to slot in his second for the day. Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata added United’s third while Pelle added a second for the Saints but the Red Devils held on to win.

The Red Devils were given a tough time by the Saints in the first thirty minutes but were clinical in their finishes. Rooney played behind Martial but produced a dismal performance, which ended with no chances created and no goal.

Both Rooney and Martial had barely seen the ball in the final third as Southampton gave a clinical display of counter attacking football, before Martial put United level. Mata received the ball on an offside position in the build-up but Martial who scored a wonder goal against Liverpool last weekend showed good composure to beat Virgil Van Dijk and fire home the equalizer.

Martial became the Red Devils’ third player to score three goals in the first two appearances, after Luis Saha in 2004 and Federico Macheda in 2009 when he was played through by Yoshida’s blind back-pass. On the flipside, Wayne Rooney did not register a shot on target, and hasn’t seen the goal since April 4th, or scored an away goal for United since November last year.

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