“Bad news for Ronaldo” – Manchester United fans react to player’s impressive ‘attitude and body language’ during 4-1 pre-season triumph over Melbourne Victory

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.”

BTW, there is a complete change in Anthony Martial’s attitude and body language. Looks so hungry, sharp, lively and excited. Whatever Erik ten Hag does to him, it clearly works and Man Utd will benefit immensely. https://t.co/6mBR79QnVj

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:

To everyone who stood by him and didn’t turn on him, you’re a real one. This return to the top is yours. Martial FC FOREVER https://t.co/ZydJ8CkuvR

It was a simple finish, but that’s the reward for a rejuvenated Anthony Martial making sure those runs hit the right areas in the first place. His movement has been excellent again today and, with credit to him, he certainly looks like he has a part to play this season #mufc

The Hague must let Ronaldo go. I don’t want Ronaldo to come back to ruin the squad. Let’s put our trust in Martial for next season. Rashford will improve. Ten Haag has his backup in midfield (Savage and Igbal) We are ready for next season #Mufc

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

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