Martial’s superb 2018/19 season
Anthony Martial began the 2018/19 season in his usual role as a bit part player in Man United’s starting eleven.
However, after scoring in United’s 3-2 comeback vs Newcastle in early October, Martial has been on top form.
In his last nine Premier League appearances, two of which have been as a sub, Martial has scored an impressive seven league goals for United.
The Frenchman is also currently their top scorer despite playing largely as a winger.
Man United extend Martial’s contract
However, while Martial has been superb for United this season, they did stand to lose the winger at the end of the season.
Martial’s current deal with Man United was due to run out in July of 2019.
But United fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Man United have decided to take the option of extending Martial’s contract by a year.
This means United will not lose Martial till 2020.
Unfortunately for United, they have yet to agree terms with Martial over a new deal.
Extra year option on Anthony Martial contract triggered by @ManUtd. As with David de Gea, now runs to 2020. Talks continue over a ‘new’ deal.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) 17 December 2018
Martial’s agent has also not given United fans much hope of Martial signing a new long-term deal.
Breaking | Anthony Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley on longer-term contract talks: “I am very pessimistic about discussions going positively… They’ve already made several offers that come nowhere near to what we expect.” (RMC)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 17, 2018
Cardiff vs Man United
Man United’s next game sees them take on newly-promoted Cardiff on Saturday.
Cardiff’s home form has been excellent recently and they have picked up their four league wins from home this season.
As for Man United, they have won just one of their last five league games, that win coming against 20th place Fulham.
Martial only started on the bench vs Liverpool as he was recovering from an injury. But he should be fit enough to start vs Cardiff.