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VIDEO: Martial scores stunning goal

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Anthony Martial is in incredible form and scored a stunning goal for Manchester United against Bournemouth.

After Man United had went behind early on to a beauty from Junior Stanislas, the Red Devils clicked through the gears as Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford each scored to put them ahead.

Anthony Martial wanted to get in on the act too and he did so in style. He curled home a beautiful shot in off the crossbar as he was given way too much time to cut in from the left flank and find the far top corner.

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The Frenchman has scored four goals since the restart in the Premier League and his tally for the season is now 20 in all competitions. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted with Martial, who scored a hat trick against Sheffield United since the restart and he is leading the line brilliantly.

Below is the goal from Anthony Martial as Man United’s attack is purring with Martial, Rashford and Greenwood all on fire and the duo of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba just behind them creating chances galore.

What a front three Man United have as Tony Martial scored again…

Martial hungry for more hat tricks; Solskjaer hails Pogba

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Anthony Martial hopes his first Manchester United hat trick is the first of many.

The French striker scored three against Sheffield United on Wednesday as Manchester United eased past their close rivals in the Premier League to move just two points behind fourth-place Chelsea (who have a game in hand against Man City on Thursday).

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Speaking to our partners Sky Sports after the game, Martial was asked about his first career hat trick and becoming the first Man United player since Robin van Persie in 2013 to score a hat trick in the Premier League.

“It was special for me because it is my first one and I hope it is not the last,” Martial said. “The most important thing was the win so everyone is happy. Maybe, it was a long time that nobody scored three goals. When I say the most important was the win against a team that was just behind us. It is important that we keep going and win the next one.”

Martial was twice set up by Marcus Rashford, while Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes purred behind them and Mason Greenwood was sharp in a fabulous front five rolled out to start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sheffield United had no answer to the movement, clinical finishing and creativity of the Manchester United quintet.

“Today we created enough to win by more,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said afterwards. “Other games we’ve created enough to win them but we haven’t taken them. We need to take the chances, the last pass, be aggressive and progressive enough with our passing.”

Solskjaer praised Martial for his patience and movements in the box, while he also single out Pogba for special praise. The midfielder returned for his first start in the Premier League since Dec. 26 and had plenty of flicks, tricks and slick passing to dictate the tempo of the game alongside Fernandes.

“Paul, he’s quality out there,” Solskjaer said. “He settled us. Good decision making, good passing, hard to take the ball off him. Paul, I’m very pleased we can get minutes into him and let’s see what we do in the weeks coming.”

With fifth place likely to be a Champions League spot this season — Man City have appealed their two-year UEFA ban and are due to find out if that was successful in mid-July — Manchester United are in an almighty scrap with Chelsea, Wolves and Tottenham for fourth and fifth place. Heck, even third-place Leicester City may be dragged into this as they are just six points ahead of the Red Devils.

Martial’s hat trick proved that Manchester United have the x-factor over their rivals right now and if Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba and Greenwood can stay fit and in form, you’d fancy United to breeze past opponents for the rest of the season.

On paper Manchester United have the easiest remaining schedule of any Premier League team and it will be intriguing to see if they are so cavalier and Solskjaer picks the same ultra-attacking lineup week in, week out.

If you look at their remaining schedule, five of their seven games are against teams in the bottom seven. Watch out, here come Manchester United.

Martial scores dazzling hat trick for Manchester United (video)

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Anthony Martial scored a dazzling hat trick for Manchester United against Sheffield United on Wednesday.

The Frenchman twice combined with Marcus Rashford to score the first treble of his career, as Martial became the first Manchester United player in seven years to score a hat trick in the Premier League.

Martial scored twice in the first half and once in the second to complete a lovely Manchester United attacking display as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s forwards ran riot against Sheffield United.

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After a slightly sluggish start the hosts got going and took the lead within the first seven minutes as they made the most of some slack Sheffield United defending in a big battle for the Champions League places.

England international Rashford got free on the right side of the box and drilled the ball across to French international Martial who tapped home to put Man United 1-0 up.

Their telepathic understanding is clicking back into place and that is bad news for the rest of the Premier League, but great news for Man United.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka set up Martial for his second and Rashford then played a sublime one-two with Martial to complete his hat trick.

With Martial, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba all starting together for the first time, Man United looked superb going forward.

Check out the Martial hat trick in the video above, while click on the link above to watch a full replay of Manchester United v Sheffield United.

VIDEO: Top 20 Manchester United goals from 2019-20 season, so far

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If you’re a Manchester United supporter looking for a reason to smile, think of the future.

The Red Devils’ top twenty goals of the Premier League season so far serve as a brilliant reminder of the brightness of the young talent at Old Trafford.

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There’s Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, of course, but you can move even further down the age list to find teenagers Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams belting some beauties.

That’s not all: Scott McTominay’s got three absolute stunners and that’s barely a part of his job.

Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, and Paul Pogba are there making plays as well, and United will be dreaming of a clean slate, some changes in defense, and a chance to get back into the discussion as possible Premier League contenders.

When will United be back on the pitch? British prime minister Boris Johnson says the lockdown will continue in England for a bit longer as the UK hopes to avoid raising the coronavirus curve.

The next Premier League club meeting will be on Monday, May 11 to move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season.

All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.

Pogba set to return to Man Utd training; Martial misses LASK trip

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Paul Pogba may be granted a birthday wish to return to Manchester United training.

Pogba turns 27 on Sunday, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the United star will rejoin the team in training next week.

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So we’re getting closer to seeing a Manchester United attack with both Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, which is nice considering the Red Devils are unbeaten in 10 matches after a win in the Manchester Derby.

The Frenchman hasn’t played since Boxing Day, and has just four appearances since the calendar flipped to September.

It’s been an extremely challenging season for Pogba, who has constantly been mentioned in the rumor mill.

Every decision in his rehabilitation has been met with second-guessing amongst media and fans, and his agent sure hasn’t helped things.

In other United injury news, Anthony Martial is set to miss out on Thursday’s Europa League first leg at LASK due to fallout from a derby collision with a goal post.

Martial may return when the Red Devils visit Spurs on Sunday before a second leg versus LASK at Old Trafford.

Then there’s an FA Cup match with Norwich City on March 22 before a league match April 4 at Brighton and Hove Albion.