Anthony Martial struck twice as Manchester United defeated Southampton 3-2 in an enthralling Premier League encounter at St. Mary’s Stadium.
After superb display of football, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is confident that the Reds can challenge for the Premier League title. The victory and Sunday’s other results lifted United to second in the points table, just two points behind leaders Manchester City, who failed to extend their lead on Saturday.
“We have made a statement that we shall compete for the title,” said the Dutchman. “You cannot expect a title from a team in transition. But when we are close we shall grab it.”
The home side took just 13 minutes to grab the lead as they pierced through the defensive line of their opponents. Graziano Pelle was the man of the moment when he put Southampton in front in the opening minutes of the fiery contest.
Anthony Martial scored the equalizer for the visitors in the 34th minute when he shot from the center of the box to the bottom right corner. The France international scored another goal of the evening after the break when he made it two and showed his composure, talent and intensity.
Anthony Martial has scored three goals in three games since arriving at the club in a £36 million transfer from AS Monaco. The 19-year-old became the most expensive teenager in the history of sport, beating the previous record fee £27 million.
Louis van Gaal’s men snatched the game away from the hosts when Juan Mata scored halfway through the second half and now they were two goals ahead of the Saints. The Italian international Pelle headed in a cross from Mane to pull his team back in the contest with four minutes left on the clock but it came too late to spark a thrilling comeback. IMAGE/ Getty Images