Man United crush Sheffield Utd, as Martial bags treble


An Anthony Martial hat trick saw Manchester United close the gap on
the Premier League top four to just two points in a dominant 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Two first-half goals from Martial sealed the victory in the first behind-closed-doors fixture at Old Trafford before he added the third late on to become the first Manchester United player to score a hat trick in the Premier League since Robin van Persie in April 2013.

Martial turned in from close-range at the near post from Marcus
Rashford’s drilled low cross from the right after seven minutes, the
earliest scored in a Premier League game since it resumed earlier
this month.

And he added a second in the 44th minute in similar circumstances
when he converted expertly from Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s pass.

Rashford was on hand to lay on the third as Martial completed his hat trick with another well-taken close-range finish. His 14th Premier League goal of the season and 19th in all competitions.

Soon after, United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five substitutions in one go, introducing Odion Ighalo, Daniel James, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira with Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford and Martial making way.

Sheffield United, in their third game back, are yet to score a goal since the Premier League’s return and have only taken one point from a potential nine available.

Vincent Paul

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