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JOE BERNSTEIN: Anthony Martial showed he’s ready for the fight at Manchester United

JOE BERNSTEIN: Manchester United need an elite striker to challenge for Premier League title… but Anthony Martial showed he’s ready for the fight with encouraging display in Everton win

  • Anthony Martial’s return to Manchester United was key in 3-1 Everton victory 
  • His willingness to run made him the focal point in United’s potent attack 
  • Martial missed three Premier League games for a soft red card vs Tottenham
  • United certainly looked a better-balanced team with striker Martial in the line-up 

Though Bruno Fernandes grabbed the headlines at Goodison Park, the return of Anthony Martial up front was also key to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United looking a more potent attacking force, particularly in the first half.

Martial was straight back into the starting line-up after missing three Premier League games for a soft red card collected against Spurs.

Given that United had failed to score against Chelsea and Arsenal while the Frenchman netted in consecutive Champions League games, it was a no-brainer he was in at centre-forward, flanked by Marcus…