The young Frenchman was named man of the match in the FA Cup fourth round win over the East Midlanders as he was a constant threat down the left hand side, creating chances and setting up Juan Mata for United’s third goal.
Louis Van Gaal praised Martial but not before noting the youngster didn’t have the best of starts to the game.
The United manager noted:
R20;He started not so good, I think, but I said that to him and after the first 20 minutes he came into the match and he was fabulous.”
It may seem a tad harsh to point out Martial’s relatively slow start to the game but that seems to be the manager’s method of being reluctant to fully praise players – David De Gea’s performances have constantly been downplayed by Van Gaal regardless of how impressive they are.
Despite United’s poor run of late Martial has been one of the few shining lights and given United fans something cheer to about.