Can Martial Hit 20+ Goals in 2019/20?

The French striker currently has two goals and an assist in three games for Manchester United this season as he leads an exciting, young front line flanked by Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.

Martial became the 53rd player to score 50 goals for the club after his goal in the 1-1 draw against Wolves. Martial took 176 appearances to reach the half century landmark, and no United player has scored more goals since he joined the club.

There is no denying his composure in front of goal, he loves opening his body up and passing the ball into the bottom corner. Almost Henry-like.

This was apparent when United beat Everton in the 2016 FA Cup semi-final, Martial was calmness personified as he stroked the ball into the back of the net in the final minutes.

What will be pleasing for Solskjaer is that neither of Martial’s goals this season have been his trademark one-on-one finish or his long-range curlers. After penalty misses by Rashford and Pogba this season, Martial could be called upon to take a penalty, if the opportunity arose.

Martial showed great desire and movement to get in front of César Azpilicueta in the 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea and his goal at Molineux was a clinical left foot rocket, which came from a willingness to run in behind and a burgeoning partnership with Rashford.

If Martial can maintain a hunger to not only score great goals but the tap in poacher efforts that his manager made a living from, the Frenchman could become United’s undisputed number nine for many years ahead.

Now returning from injury, he needs to stay healthy and keep the trust of Solskjaer, and reach the level United fans believe he is capable of. A good run of goals could reward him with a place in France’s Euro 2020 squad.

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