Anthony Martial reflects on Tottenham red card and Paris Saint-Germain own goal

Anthony Martial is sure that “everything will be fine” for him at Manchester United this season despite his stuttering start to the campaign.

The Frenchman was sent off in United’s 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham in the Premier League, and a couple of weeks later he scored an own goal at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

That type of luckless form is a far cry from a 2019/20 season which was his best ever in front of goal for United, with his 23 strikes in all competitions marking him out as the club’s top scorer.

He is yet to hit the net at the right end this season, but he insists that is just a matter of time.

Martial picked up the first red card of his career against Spurs

“That red card was my first ever and it’s something that I will learn from. But it will at least allow me to work even harder in training to come back even better,” Martial told the United matchday programme ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with RB Leipzig, which he is eligible for.

“I still haven’t scored yet this season. But I know that as and when I get off the mark with one, everything will be fine.

“So, it’s down to me to keep putting in a big effort in training and to then show everybody the real Anthony Martial.”

The own goal in Paris was particularly unfortunate for Martial as he was back in his home town, but United’s 2-1 win meant that he’s been able to laugh it off.

“These things happen,” he said.

The forward headed into his own net at PSG

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

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“But since it was my hometown club, I just wanted to give them a bit of a helping hand! [Laughs]

“No, seriously, that kind of thing can happen to anybody, but the main thing was that we managed to score the winning goal right at the death, and that was more important to me.

“I was really happy because my brothers and a lot of my family are United fans but my mates all support Paris.

“They’d all told me that we were going to lose, and I’d told them that we wouldn’t. So when we went on to win I was overjoyed!”

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