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23rd Apr 2017

Manchester United fans have a very, very clear message for Jose Mourinho

What. A. Goal.

Conan Doherty

Jesus, it’s almost like Anthony Martial is a really good football player.

Anybody who picks the ball up here and goes on to score a goal has something about him.

A nutmeg of Joey Barton is all it takes to open up the Burnley floodgates.

That, and pure power thereafter.

A ball through for Herrera.

A typically measured first-time ball back.

And the rest is history.

Yes, when you put your faith in a Frenchman that lit up the league at times last season, wonderful things can happen.

Jose Mourinho experienced it on Sunday afternoon.

With one scintillating first half performance, Anthony Martial showed his Portuguese boss what he’s been missing all this time.

He even helped Wayne f**king Rooney score.

In the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United showed off the strength of their squad and reeled out the like of Rooney and Martial back into the team and it paid immediate dividends.

But the 21-year-old seemed to be out of favour for much of the season having started just 12 Premier League games and he’s had to listen to the manager speaking in classically cryptic language about his future too.

So he responded in the best possible way.

And of course there was more.

His success therefore brought with it some frustration with fans of the club wanting to see him in the team more often.

Some people reckon it was all part of the plan though.

But why did they need a plan for such a talented kid?

As Graeme Souness at half time, “there’s a player in that boy.”

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