French sensation Anthony Martial has been named Manchester United’s Player of the Month after some brilliant performances in the month of September. Three of the four nominees for the award were forwards after goals poured in for United during September but it was Anthony Martial who claimed the top spot. He was up against Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford, who have all been in excellent form.
WHY DID HE WIN IT?
The Reds impressively scored 22 goals in seven matches across all competitions across the month. Noteworthy list of nominees included Martial, Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.
A poll on the club’s official account @ManUtd decided who won the trophy and a whopping 187,936 votes were cast by fans – which is the highest-ever total in a Player of the Month poll.
He netted three goals and claimed four assists from just three starts during September – or, in other words, contributing a goal every 41 minutes on average. The Frenchman gained 41% of the final votes ahead of Romelu Lukaku (31%), Marouane Fellaini (20%) and Marcus Rashford (8%). It is the first time when Martial has received Player of the Month award since arriving from Monaco in 2015.
After Martial’s dazzling display in the previous month, he has received heaped praise from his manager Jose Mourinho and Thierry Henry.
Mourinho stated, “I see a great improvement in the person.
“I see it in his mood, his face, his body language. If you want one word: happiness. I am very pleased with his attitude overall, which means it’s easier for him to play well.
“He’s a happy guy, he’s working extremely well.”
Along with the award, Martial has been catching attention elsewhere, with French legend, Thierry Henry surprisingly claimed, “Anthony Martial is a far better player than I was at that age, Martial can be world class.”
Thank you for your votes ! ???????????? https://t.co/sowCp6GuVu
— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) October 5, 2017
MARTIAL’S MESSAGE TO FANS
Anthony Martial has sent a heartfelt message to Manchester United fans after the forward was voted the club’s player of the month by posting the image over the internet.
“Thanks to all the fans who have voted for me for this trophy #Playerofthemonth”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 6, 2017
It is totally undeniable that the Frenchman is a huge prospect in football in coming years. If he carries on this rate he’ll surely be considered as one of the best in the world in coming years. However, Martial had an off last season but has bounced back with a great run of form and is battling with Marcus Rashford at the wide left wing position. Martial has already scored 5 and assisted 6 this season for the Red Devils and would be hoping to continue with a similar form or even improving.