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Like John Terry in his prime

Anthony Martial makes heroic goal-line block to deny Wayne Rooney a second goal against Swansea

The Frenchman threw himself in the way of his team-mate's shot in a brave defensive effort to stop Man United doubling their lead against Swansea at Old Trafford

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.

PICTURED: John Terry in his prime

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PICTURED: John Terry in his prime

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.

The face you make when your team-mate denies you a certain goal

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The face you make when your team-mate denies you a certain 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.

Jaap Stam, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic… Anthony Martial

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Jaap Stam, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic… Anthony Martial

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.

FOR FULL MATCH RATINGS AND STATISTICS PROVIDED BY WHOSCORED CLICK HERE…

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

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