Anthony Martial made his debut under Ralf Rangnick – will he get another one?
The Frenchman may have earned the right to stay there amid a month of speculation linking him with a move.
He was thrown in with an attack roll of the dice by Ralf Rangnick as United tried to break a determined West Ham, the game being scoreless.
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Martial seemed immediately at ease as he drifted deep to receive the ball and ran towards the West Ham defence.
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He had come on in a double substitution with Edinson Cavani as United pushed to take all three points against one of their top four rivals.
It all came together in the 93rd minute when Martial picked up a ball from Ronaldo and passed it to Edinson Cavani, who crossed in for substitute Marcus Rashford to score.
United looked more fluid with Martial in the team
Martial moved the ball well and got into dangerous positions and West Ham struggled to pick it up. David Moyes’ side had defended well but conceded a lot of possession to United.
It’s quite unclear if Martial will still be a United player once the transfer window is up. He may have put his display in the shop window.
The Frenchman wants to play regularly and has to weigh up until the end of the season whether he will get enough chances under Rangnick.
Rangnick showed some confidence in him by using him and Martial looked sharp in his brief cameo. He and Rangnick both have something to think about now and need to talk about what happens next.
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Here’s a look at how United fans reacted to Martial’s influence…
Martial definitely has the footballing IQ that we sometimes lack! Barely been on the pitch but felt a lot more positive when he was introduced…. 👏🏼 #muffc
— Stylus (@stxylo) January 22, 2022
Martial is one of those players who excites you when he’s on the ball
— Zakir (@ZakirSalejee) January 22, 2022
Brilliant effect from Martial. I hope he can build on that with Rashford
— Harry123 (@harry87939132) January 22, 2022
I need Martial to start the next game.
— Sotembela Manqoyi (@sotembelaa) January 22, 2022
martial MUST start the next game for sure
— Bags👹 (@UTDBags) January 22, 2022
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