It’s hard to believe that it’s been six and a half years since Anthony Martial rocked up at Manchester United after completing a mega-money move from Monaco. The forward made an instant impression, scoring a sensational solo goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford, and many tipped him to become Manchester United’s next legendary attacker.
However, it’s fair to say that Martial’s time at the club has been defined by inconsistency. There have been various injury setbacks to deal with, but the reality is that the Frenchman just hasn’t lived up to his potential. It’s always been difficult to know what his best position is, and his goal output just hasn’t cut the mustard for a club of United’s size and stature.
Since Ralf Rangnick took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjær, it’s been clear that Martial is surplus to requirements, and that’s why a loan move to Sevilla has been thrashed out for the 26-year-old to try and rediscover his best form.
There’s no doubt that some kind of move was needed for Martial to get a breath of fresh air and find the knack for scoring goals again. His time at Manchester United had become somewhat stale, but a loan move means that his dream of becoming a club legend is still alive if he impresses at the Spanish club.
At the time of writing, Sevilla are second in the La Liga table, four points behind league leaders Real Madrid, and if Martial can fire in the goals which help them bridge the gap and challenge for the title, then he’ll be catapulted back into world football’s spotlight. That is a big if, and it remains to be seen whether Martial will walk straight into Sevilla’s starting 11 given that they are performing so well in the Spanish top flight.
There is a certain strangeness to the fact that, in joining Sevilla from Manchester United, Martial is linking up with a team who are a great deal closer to the top of their respective league table than his parent club. The reality is that United have not been a realistic Premier League title contender in the online sports betting [valid where legal] market for some time, and the lukewarm form of players like Martial has been a contributing factor to that.
But this is an opportunity to forget those disappointments for a few months and focus solely on football. At his best, Martial is a fantastic player, blessed with a rare ability to dribble past players and create chances all on his own. Those are the attributes we saw on his Manchester United debut, as he jinked past several white-shirted Liverpool players before rolling the ball into the bottom corner to the delight of the Old Trafford faithful.
That talent still lies within him, and although it has only reared its head on occasions over the last six years, there is a chance to fully rediscover it in the sunny climes of southern Spain. Perhaps a new Anthony Martial will return to Manchester United come the summer, with a renewed zest for the game.
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