Manchester United fans have praised Anthony Martial after his performance against Melbourne Victory, as they aimed subtle digs at Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Red Devils defeated the A-League outfit 4-1 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today (July 15) to take their second consecutive pre-season win. Martial, who scored in their 4-0 win against Liverpool earlier this week, scored his side’s second goal against Melbourne.
It was a well taken attack by the attacker, who placed a controlled left-footed shot from the penalty area. Anthony Elanga initially miscontrolled a cross from the right, but the ball fell friendly to Martial, who made no mistake.
Manchester United fans praised the 26-year-old on Twitter for his second goal in as many games under Erik ten Hag. An user wrote:
“By the way, there has been a complete change in Anthony Martial’s attitude and body language. Looks so hungry, sharp, lively and eager to join in. Whatever Erik ten Hag does to him, it clearly works and Man Utd will look great. take advantage of.”
Another user said Martial’s impressive pre-season performance is bad news for Ronaldo, who is currently absent from the roster for personal reasons. He tweeted:
“Bad news for Ronaldo.”
Here are some of the best reactions to Martial’s performance against Melbourne Victory:
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial endured contrasting 2021-22 seasons
In his first season with Manchester United, Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 games across all competitions. The 37-year-old finished as the Red Devils’ top scorer, although his efforts didn’t help the club win silverware.
Martial, meanwhile, only spent the first half of last season at Old Trafford. He scored just once in 11 games in all competitions before being loaned out to Sevilla. The Spain ban failed to revive him, however, as he netted just one goal and one assist in 12 league appearances for the La Liga outfit.
The Frenchman now seems to have found his mojo under Ten Hag. Aside from his two well-crafted goals, Martial has also impressed with his movement and linkage play.
Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is still up in the air as he has yet to sign up for the club’s pre-season. It remains to be seen whether the Portuguese forward will be in time for the Red Devils’ next game on July 19 against Crystal Palace.
As things stand, Martial looks likely to make another appearance in the game against the Eagles and will do everything in his power to impress again.
Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee