SAINT MARY’S, Sporting Alert – Anthony Martial was again on target for Manchester United in the English Premier League this season.
In fact, the teenage striker scored twice to guide Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils to a 3-2 victory over Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Manchester United moved up to second place with the win.
After coming off the bench to score on his debut against Liverpool in the 3-1 victory at Old Trafford last weekend, the Martial, getting his first Premier League start of the season, scored another fantastic goal, as Manchester United locked things up at 1-1 with Southampton going into halftime.
The Saints dominated the early play and justly took the lead in the 13th minute through Graziano Pelle, who bounced on a brilliant save from David de Gea to fire back past the Spanish international.
The home side hit the again minutes later and should have been 2-0 up after 15 minutes.
However, it was Manchester United who grabbed the equaliser in the 34th minute.
Southampton defenders failed to deal with a ball played inside the box and it fell nicely for Martial, who cleverly turned Virgil van Dijk inside out, before delivering a composed finish past goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
The 19-year-old netted again in the second half after he picked up a careless back pass from Maya Yoshida to slot past Stekelenburg.
“Martial is one-on-one with the keeper and it was never in doubt,” former Manchester United right-back and now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said.
“He’s got those eyes that make you think he’s going to score three or four every match. In Martial, they have got someone who lives on the last line of defenders, a different option.”
Juan Mata made it 3-1 – pouncing on a rebound that came off the post from a Memphis Depay shot, but Pelle made things very interesting in the closing minutes with a second goal for Southampton.
In the end, Manchester United managed to hold on, while goalkeeper De Gea was outstanding once again – making two fantastic saves down the stretch to secure the win for the Red Devils.
Manchester United, with the three points, moved to 13 points and second behind Manchester City (15pts) in the English Premier League table standings.
Southampton Team: Stekelenburg, Fonte, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Targett, Wanyama, Tadic, Oriol Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Pelle. Subs: Davis, Cedric, Long, Davis, Rodriguez, Martina, Juanmi.
Manchester United Team: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Rojo, Blind, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Rooney, Martial. Subs: Romero, McNair, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Valencia, Young.