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Anthony Martial has got his number back and he’s absolutely flourishing

Martial took back his No.9 shirt over the summer following the sale of Romelu Lukaku

Anthony Martial the No.9 is a totally different beast to the one that laboured around with the No.11 on his back.

But with the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan this summer, the Frenchman has taken back the number he debuted with at Man United back in 2015.

And boy is he flourishing.Β 


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Having scored a proper No.9’s goal in United’s curtain raiser against Chelsea last time out, he doubled his tally of the season with the opener against Wolves this evening.

Just before the half hour mark at the Molineux, a lovely weighted pass from Marcus Rashford was eased perfectly into the path of the on-rushing Martial, who then fired his shot left-footed into the back of the net.

It certainly wasn’t a bad way to get his 50th goal for the club.Β 

Martial has worn the No.11 for United (and France) over the last couple of years, with Lukaku taking over his favoured number when he joined in 2017 – which was available at the time following the release of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Frenchman scored 17 goals in all competitions and recorded 12 assists in his debut campaign with the No.9 on his back, but his form and confidence took a dip under Jose Mourinho – who rarely allowed him to play centrally and often started him on the bench.

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But Mourinho’s long gone now and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer – having sold Lukaku in the summer and more-or-less giving up on Alexis Sanchez – has plenty of faith in Martial and Rashford as his main strikers, with youngster Mason Greenwood waiting in the wings.

Having previously had stints on the left of United’s attacking trio, Ole is seemingly using their experience on that side to have them interchange during matches as part of a more fluid attacking style.

It seems to be working so far.

 

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