Anthony Martial revival continues as Man Utd unearth promising stat from pre-season win over Crystal Palace

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Anthony Martial playing for Man Utd Credit: PA Images
Anthony Martial playing for Man Utd Credit: PA Images

Anthony Martial continued his pre-season resurgence with Manchester United by scoring in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in Melbourne.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho also found the back of the net, before United were pegged back in the latter stages via Joel Ward. The Red Devils retain a perfect record from their Australian pre-season tour so far.

Erik ten Hag gave a first start to recent signing Tyrell Malacia in his lineup. Raphael Varane and James Garner were left out due to precautionary measures.

Therefore, the Manchester United starting XI was as follows: De Gea; Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Malacia; McTominay, Fred; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.

Crystal Palace’s initial lineup was: Butland; Ward, Clyne, Andersen, Mitchell; Ebiowei, Milivojevic, Phillips, Rak-Sakyi; Ayew, Mateta.

Playing as a centre-forward, Anthony Martial had the first shot of the game, but his effort flew over the bar.

The Frenchman had another chance in the 10th minute, when Fred expertly picked him out with a reverse pass. However, Jack Butland made a save to deny him.

In the process, the Palace goalkeeper injured his hand. Remi Matthews soon replaced him between the sticks.

At the other end, David de Gea made his first save when claiming an ambitious effort from Jean-Philippe Mateta.

United took the lead when Martial latched on to an aerial pass from Diogo Dalot, bringing it under control with his chest and finishing past Matthews.

According to Man Utd’s website, Martial is the first player to score in three consecutive pre-season matches for the club since 2007, when Cristiano Ronaldo recorded the same achievement and Wayne Rooney bettered it with four in a row.

Ten Hag’s men upped the ante throughout the rest of the half. Marcus Rashford aimed wide within the last 10 minutes of the opening 45, for example.

The last big chance before the break saw Martial tee up Harry Maguire, only for the captain – who had been the subject of jeering earlier in the game, but this time earned appreciation – to aim over.

United quickly double lead via Rashford

There was only one change at the interval for either side; Man Utd sent on Donny van de Beek in place of Scott McTominay.

It didn’t take too long after the resumption for United to double their lead. They did so via an impressive team move; after being picked out by Bruno Fernandes, Martial played a give-and-go with Jadon Sancho before setting up van de Beek.

The substitute picked out Rashford for a tap in.

Once again, United built momentum, with chances flowing for the likes of Fernandes and Sancho.

Anthony Martial assists Sancho for United’s third before they lose clean sheet

It was the latter who made it 3-0 just before the hour mark. Martial played Sancho through before the winger wrongfooted Matthews for an easy finish.

Five minutes later, Mateta had the ball in the net for Palace, but was offside. Soon after, plenty of changes came from both sides.

United made eight substitutions, so ended up as follows: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Fish, Telles, Malacia; Iqbal, Savage; Amad, van de Beek, Hannibal; Elanga.

After several switches of their own gave them a youthful look, Palace pulled a goal back when the more experienced Joel Ward headed home after a corner within the final 20 minutes.

An extra complication arose for United when young centre-back Will Fish was sent off for fouling Victor Akinwale when the Palace youngster was in on the edge of the box.

It was the last incident of note as United kept their two-goal advantage after the final 10 minutes or so. They have won all three friendlies so far under Ten Hag.

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