Anthony Martial put in a man-of-the-match performance as Manchester United completed the league double over rivals Manchester City for the first time since 2011 but it appears to have come at a cost. Martial opened the scoring for United midway through the first half after a brilliant piece of imagination from Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international chipped over City’s defensive line from a free-kick to the onrushing Martial, with the 24-year-old finishing under the body of Ederson.
That was Martial’s fourth goal in five starts across all competitions to bring his tally for the season to 16, just one short of his best-ever season at United.
His performance also kept the City defence on their toes as his pace continued to concern the likes of Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi.
He ran himself into the ground and even into City’s goalpost at one point towards the end of the game as he pressed Ederson for the ball.
Taking to Instagram, Martial posted two short videos on his story focusing on both his shins which showed some nasty grazes.
Both shins appeared to have deep cuts which still looked fresh from his collision with the post.
The cuts may have looked bad, but Martial seemingly brushed off the pain as he posted one clip with a ‘laughing’ emoji.
The other clip he shared had a ‘raised fist’ emoji, implying he’s ready to battle on for United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will no doubt be hoping his star striker will be fit enough to feature, if not in the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie against LASK, then at least in next weekend’s Premier League clash with Tottenham.
United are in prime position to battle Chelsea for the final Champions League spot, sitting just three points behind their rivals.
And Solskjaer is confident his side can catch Frank Lampard’s team in the final few games of the season.
“We feel we’re improving all the time and we know we lack one, two or three players and some experience, to be considered a title contender.
“We know that and we’re not going to start talking about that now.
“We’re going start talking about getting up up the table, getting more points and challenging for that top four because Chelsea and Leicester are too far ahead of us for my liking.”