MANCHESTER United wrapped up a fine 3-0 winning performance over Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday after a lukewarm start to the Premier League’s Project Restart last week.
Anthony Martial stole the headlines on the night as he bagged all three goals, scoring twice in the first half and once in the second, to lift Ole Gunner Solskjær’s men to within two points of Chelsea, who currently occupy fourth position. Manchester United now have seven games remaining in the coronavirus-disrupted campaign with their last league game in June set to come up against Brighton on June 30.
Martial’s effort was United’s first Premier League hat-trick for more than seven years, as the French international monopolised the scoring with ease while revelling in his role at the centre of an attacking trio which featured Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
The latter claimed the first of two assists in the seventh minute while Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a mockery of questions over his attacking capabilities from right-back, as he tormented Enda Stevens to set up Martial’s second a minute before half-time.
A clever chipped finish completed Martial’s treble in the 74th minute, making him the first United player since Robin van Persie against Aston Villa back in April 2013, to do so in England’s top-flight. The Red Devils will next turn their attention to the FA Cup quarter-finals when they visit The Canaries, Norwich City, on Saturday, June 27 before returning for their third Premier League outing in 11 days against Brighton on Tuesday.
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