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  • 03-05-2020
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Anthony Martial took over Manchester United's 9 shirt again this season, and he did it in a big way.

Pairing mainly in attack with Marcus Rashford, who moves to the left with the Frenchman playing as central striker, Martial has registered with a goal or an assist every 115 minutes in all competitions (Premier League, Emirates FA Cup and Europe League) during 2019/20, adding 16 conquests in total.

Establishing himself as a central striker in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 4-2-3-1 formation, the French netbreaker has had his best scoring season (not including penalties) in his entire career. In addition, he adds 2.9 shots and 1.9 shots from outside the area every 90 minutes, another personal record for him in the Premier League.

The numbers also show that Martial is more aggressive than ever in attack: He has an average of one shot for every 4.7 touches inside the box, compared to one shot for every 7.6 touches last season.

Even more impressive is his great ability to settle in the danger zone: Martial has 11 shooting goals inside the area, versus 8 shots off target inside the area.

But his evolution has gone beyond goals. The 24-year-old forward has won 63 percent of his personal Premier League duels this season, compared to a 54 percent success rate on 2918/19. In addition, he has an average of 3.59 personal duels every 90 minutes this season, versus 3.17 the previous season. Martial has finished nine times after beating an opponent this season, versus seven times in 2018/19 and eight times in 2017/18.

On average, the Frenchman pressured the rival in possession of the ball four times every 90 minutes last season.

In this campaign, on the other hand, he has done it nine times every 90 minutes. It is a notorious increase and a sample of the progress that Martial has made under the Norwegian coach. The success rate of this pressure has also risen from 25% to 29%, which shows that it has also been more effective in this area.

In summary, the French striker has definitively affirmed himself in the Solskjaer scheme in 2019/20. Martial's numbers and performances support him, and at just 24 years old, he is a player who can continue to evolve in the coming seasons.

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