Man Utd legend selects their ‘most consistent performer’ post-lockdown

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Man Utd legend selects their ‘most consistent performer’ post-lockdown

Man Utd legend Gary Pallister thinks Anthony Martial has been the Premier League club’s “most consistent performer since lockdown ended”.

The Frenchman contributed 17 goals and six assists in all competitions this season for the Red Devils, including seven goals and four assists since the Premier League’s resumption in June.

When European football was suspended in March, Man Utd were on an 11-match unbeaten run. When football resumed three months later, they managed to carry on their good form until the end of the campaign, grabbing third position and a place in the Champions League next season.



And Pallister thinks Martial was their best performer since they have returned.

“Yeah, he’s wanted to play there ever since he came to the club,” Pallister told Compare.bet.

“To be quite honest with you, up until this season, he hasn’t looked like a striker, he’s been more of a threat coming from the wing. He’s not looked happy on occasion.

“Again, I’d put it down to being allowed freedom. We’re a team that looks forward now, a team that’s not scared anymore. He [Martial] looks a different player now.

“Maybe before, I would have said we were desperate for an out and out centre-forward – we brought [Odion] Ighalo in to do a short-term job and he did really well before the lockdown.

“If he [Martial] was still playing the way he did in previous seasons when he did play up front, I would have said we still need a centre-forward, but he’s come alive.

“He’s been sensational since the season has resumed. He’s scoring goals, he’s on the shoulder of defenders, making great runs, he’s got good ability on the ball to beat a man in the penalty box.

“If he continues that, all of a sudden we’re saying we’ve got a world-class centre-forward and that’s got to be a fantastic feeling for Ole.

“Whether it’s just the arrival of Bruno [Fernandes] that’s given him that belief that he can make that kind of run and be found in the box? Possibly. His body language is a lot better now.

“We’re seeing the end product of Ole working with the strikers – Marcus [Rashford], [Mason] Greenwood, Martial.

“Ole was a fantastic striker and these lads must be eating up any knowledge he can impart. I think Martial has been our most consistent performer since lockdown ended.”

 

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The five biggest single-window transfer spends ever

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The five biggest single-window transfer spends ever

Chelsea have spent £83.7million already in this transfer window on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. The latest claim is that Ben Chilwell (£50m), Kai Havertz (£72.1m) and Mike Maignan (£27m) might soon join them in one of the most extravagant single-window investments in history. Roman Abramovich sees your poxy global pandemic and laughs uproariously from his yacht inside a bigger yacht on his island comprised solely of yachts.

Throw in Declan Rice and , and the record could be broken without even considering Thiago Silva and his nine-figure signing-on fee.

 

Juventus (2018, £212.1m)
It was two managers ago that Juventus embarked on a summer transfer spend designed specifically to deliver their first Champions League trophy since 1996. Massimiliano Allegri paid for a quarter-final exit in much the same way as fellow Serie A winner Maurizio Sarri suffered the consequences of losing in the last 16 to Lyon earlier this month.

will hope to succeed where both failed but the fate of those players signed in 2018 highlights how The Old Lady might need to improve their approach. Joao Cancelo (£36m) is long gone. Mattia Perin (£10.5m) last played for them in March 2019 and spent last season with Genoa. Douglas Costa (£35.2m) is . Leonardo Bonucci (£31.2m) is far from his best. Cristiano Ronalo (£99.2m) stands as one of in all of Europe. The 2015 and 2017 Champions League runners-up have not ventured past the last eight since signing .

 

Paris Saint-Germain (2017, £214.4m)
Similar ideas were harboured by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who a year before had grown tired of monopolising an entire domestic league and sought something far more meaningful than Ligue Un titles won in March by 427 points.

Their answer was simple: to set a bar that might never be raised again. PSG effectively agreed to the two biggest signings in football history in the summer of 2017, Neymar (£200m) stepping out of Lionel Messi’s shadow, while Kylian Mbappe joined on loan from Monaco. That £166m move was only made permanent after PSG did the unthinkable and . Cheltenham Town legend Yuri Berchiche (£14.4m) also moved to the Parc des Princes, because why not when you have already made money seem an entirely worthless concept?

 

Real Madrid (2009, £219.5m)
Some clubs tend to accept failure about as warmly as a fresh turd on their doorstep. Real Madrid never have dealt all that well with average performance. So when Bernd Schuster and Juande Ramos combined to finish a distant second in La Liga, losing 2-0 and 6-2 to Barcelona while being dumped out of the Champions League last 16 5-0 on aggregate to Liverpool and exiting the Copa del Rey round-of-32 to Real Union – who sound like they should be managed by Pete Waterman before an acrimonious break-up due to missing out on the Christmas number one spot with The Myrrh, The Merrier – action was required.

Their response was to appoint Manuel Pellegrini, within three weeks on Kaka (£56m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m), spend another evenly-split £60m on Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso and…finish second in La Liga while losing in the last 16 and 32 of the Champions League and Copa del Rey respectively.

Sake.

 

Manchester City (2017, £223.8m)
The Premier League record Chelsea seem intent on breaking is . A season of Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy and Jesus Navas proved to be Pep Guardiola’s limit and the chequebook was soon dusted off. Bernardo Silva (£43m) signed with the season barely over; Ederson (£34.7m), Kyle Walker (£50m), Benjamin Mendy (£52m) and Danilo (£26.5m) soon followed.

With a few smaller deals dotted around elsewhere, City made their intent clear. And disappointing third to Chelsea and Tottenham became dominant first over everyone as they embarked on the finest season in Premier League history to reclaim their title. European success is still not forthcoming, mind. That quarter-final hurdle is proving a little too troublesome.

 

Real Madrid (2019, £272.6m)
But as much as Real Madrid hate under-performing, they resent any challenge to their gilded throne of biggest spenders that little bit more. They held the crown for eight years and wrestled it straight back within two. Chelsea had better beware if they take it back to England.

Yet the theme of money being no guarantee for success continues. La Liga was won thanks to Barcelona’s fallibility but the signings had limited impact. Ferland Mendy (£47m) was the only new arrival to appear in more than half of the club’s league games as Eden Hazard (£88.5m) and Luka Jovic (£52.4m) both struggled with injury, while Rodrygo (£40m) and Eder Militao (£42.7m) were used sporadically. It was Benzema, the final remnant of their lavish spend a decade prior, .

Matt Stead

 

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