It was Anthony Martial’s day for Manchester United.
The French striker scored the primary hat trick of his profession–and the primary Man United hat trick since Robin van Persie’s in 2013–in a key 3-Zero victory over Sheffield United at an empty Outdated Trafford on Wednesday.
Martial scored within the seventh, 44th and 74th minutes, bringing him even with Marcus Rashford for the group lead on the season. It was Rashford that set Martial up for his first, whipping a ball to the close to put up, the place Martial turned it dwelling.
The 2 almost mixed for an additional minutes later, with goalkeeper David de Gea springing Rashford down the left with a pinpoint lengthy go. Rashford timed his throughball to Martial completely, however as a substitute of getting a go at purpose, Martial tried to return it to Rashford with a sq. ball, and the English striker could not get a clear strike on it.
However, Martial padded the lead simply earlier than halftime, firing dwelling off Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross from the left.
It was Rashford that served up Martial’s third, with a deft go to separate the protection earlier than Martial lobbed the goalkeeper to finish the hat trick.
The win is a key one for United, which nonetheless holds excessive hopes of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League and is now unbeaten in 13 video games in all competitions. It put the membership provisionally two factors away from Chelsea in fourth place, with the Blues having a date with Manchester Metropolis on Thursday. It additionally allowed the membership to maintain tempo with Wolves, with each stage on factors in fifth, whereas placing 4 factors of separation between United and Spurs and placing Sheffield United 5 factors behind the Crimson Devils.