Hat-trick hero Martial reaches personal milestone as Man United showcase scary attacking potential in drubbing of Sheffield United

Manchester United’s victory over Sheffield United this evening saw the Red Devils showcase exactly what a frightening attacking prospect they could prove to be over the course of the season’s remaining weeks.

Man United 3-0 Sheffield United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men welcomed the Blades to Old Trafford a short time ago, for a Premier League clash.

The matchup came as a crucial one for both sides, in their respective pursuits of European football.

Before kick-off, it was United who held the advantage, sitting 5th, 5 points adrift of 4th-placed Chelsea.

Sheffield United’s surprise drubbing at the hands of Newcastle over the weekend, meanwhile, had seen Chris Wilder’s men waste the opportunity to leapfrog their hosts this evening.

Chris Wilder

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Chris Wilder the head coach / manager of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane on September 28, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

And, when all was said and done in Manchester, the Blades only slipped further off the pace of the Champions League-chasing pack.

An impressive display on the part of hosts United eventually saw them run out 3-0 victors.

Anthony Martial proved the star of the show, bagging the first hat-trick of his professional career.

The Frenchman’s first came with just 7 minutes on the clock, when a drilled Marcus Rashford cross from the right side of the box saw Martial react quickest to prod home at the near post.

The chances continued to flow for the home side, with Martial having turned provider for strike partner Rashford a short time later, only for the latter to somehow drag his effort wide of an empty Sheffield United net.

United’s deserved 2nd eventually arrived shortly before the interval, though, when the ever-lively Martial was on hand to bury Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s daisy-cutter from the right.

And it was the former Monaco man who was at it once again a little over 15 minutes from time, to completely distinguish any remaining hope of a Sheffield United comeback.

A sumptuous piece of football from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outfit saw all of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Martial involved, with a gorgeous dinked finish on the part of the latter having rounded out the game’s scoring.

United sparkle/Martial’s milestone

As well as proving the key in his side securing all 3 points this evening, Martial’s trio of strikes versus Sheffield United also saw the 24-year-old reach a personal milestone.

Before this season, Martial’s best goalscoring term came in 2015-16, when he found the back of the net 17 times across all competitions.

His latest haul, though, has seen the French hitman move 2 goals clear of this tally, with a none-too-shabby 19 strikes in 36 appearances.

(The below stat came prior to United’s 3rd of the night):

While it is Martial who is set to grab the majority of the headlines across the media this evening, though, what shouldn’t go unappreciated is just how impressive Manchester United looked as an attacking force over the course of the 90 minutes.

The Red Devils’ frontline looked utterly irresistible at times, with Sheffield United having had no answer for the combination play of Martial, Rashford, Greenwood, Pogba and, once again, the outstanding Bruno Fernandes.

If they can continue in a similar fashion over the weeks to come, it would be tough to bet against the Old Trafford powerhouse breaking into the top-4.

Perhaps most significantly of all, though, is the prospect of this United side, backed by further reinforcements, heading into next season hungry, fully gelled, and with something to prove.

For the first time in a long time, there appears to be genuine cause for optimism on the red half of Manchester moving forward.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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