John Terry would have been proud of this effort.
Anthony Martial stopped a certain goal in Man United’s Premier League game against Swansea at Old Trafford with a heroic block in the penalty area.
Swansea’s penalty area.
Wayne Rooney looked certain to double his and United’s tally as he connected with Ander Herrera’s cross and steered his effort on target from close range.
But that’s when Martial was suddenly possessed by Franco Baresi, Bobby Moore and Paolo Maldini all at once.
With Lusasz Fabianski out of position, the Frenchman bravely threw himself in the way and defected the ball away from goal.
In a show of respect for Martial’s defensive prowess, Rooney sportingly tapped his team-mate’s hand and appeared to smile about the incident.
Rooney had opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Marcus Rashford went down under minimal contact from Lukasz Fabianski at the end of the first half.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a superb free-kick in the second half to earn Swansea a point and condemn United to another underwhelming draw at Old Trafford.
Despite his match-defining block, Martial was not named Man of the Match… travesty.
However, with both Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw limping off to add to Jose Mourinho’s injury problems in defence, the Special One may want to consider playing Martial at centre-back.
He’s clearly got a hidden passion for defending.
DREAM TEAM POINTS:
MAN UNITED: De Gea 0, Young 3, Bailly 0, Blind 0, Shaw 0, Herrera 3, Carrick 0, Lingard -1, Rooney 8, Rashford 2, Martial -1.
SUBS: Darmian 0, Valencia 3, Mkhitaryan 0.
SWANSEA: Fabianski 0, Naughton 3, Fernandez 2, Mawson 0, Kingsley 0, Carroll 0, Britton -1, Ki 0, Ayew 0, Sigurdsson 13, Llorente 0.
SUBS: Fer 0, Montero 0, Olsson 0.
STAR MAN: Gylfi Sigurdsson