The eager purring of Manchester United fans can be heard reverberating across the country right now. Spending so long to hunt down Bruno Fernandes, and then waiting what felt like and age to see him line up alongside Paul Pogba, they got their wish on Wednesday night.
A taste of what was to come was given at Tottenham in the previous clash, but they started together for the first time today, and everyone lost their metaphorical s--t.
This, however, is not the only talking point of the game. Indeed, there is a Sheffield United side chasing European football this season, and victory at Old Trafford would seem them leapfrog their rivals in the Premier League table.
So, mixed emotions ahead of kick off.
C'mon Sheffield United.....You have Europe in sight if you do this.— CuteNeka #Oct3rd #Libra (@cuteneka) June 24, 2020
Exactly pal. Watch it and smile. Sheffield United battling it out for Europe with Manchester United with 8 games left! https://t.co/nUkQyv7saV— Mat Coll (@ColliverM) June 24, 2020
That said, the whole Pogba/Fernandes thing was pretty prominent.
Like, dominating Twitter levels of prominent.
Pogba, Bruno, Greenwood, Rashford and Martial all start together for the first time. If we don't get all 3 points here then I'll never ever get excited about a lineup ever again. https://t.co/rkUFZDvLZq— RiZzy? (@RiZzyUTD) June 24, 2020
The assist was hit harder than the shot.
⚽ Anthony Martial has scored his 12th PL goal this season, setting a new personal best for most goals in a league campaign.— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) June 24, 2020
? It surpasses the 11 goals he scored in his first season at @ManUtd (2015-16) #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ULv8p5fiaz
That goal from Tony Martial was superb?— Heaven Roy (@HeavenRoy3) June 24, 2020
What a finish!@ManUtd
These are the goals Martial doesn’t score enough of— Kwame ? (@kwameA_B) June 24, 2020
It did seem for all of the world as if United were about the grab their second not long after, but somehow the pair of Martial and Rashford combined to miss a golden chance.
Martial's run at goal looked certain to end with the scores being doubled, but when he opted to square for his English strike partner, Rashford couldn't get his feet sorted and his effort trickled wide.
Let off for the Blades.
Hows rashford missed that then— JAYYYYDENNBRAFFFF (@garciaszn) June 24, 2020
Rashford just missed an open goal and fans are talking about martial instead, that he shouldn't have passed ?♂️— E (@Eben_Ik) June 24, 2020
As Sheffield United were building a head of steam towards the end of the first half, United's frightening frontline got in on the act again.
This time, both Fernandes and Pogba were involved in the build up, with the former dancing his way across the box before feeding the Frenchman, who in turn found Aaron Wan-Bissaka to set up Martial.
Are you scared Premier League? You should be.
2-0. Martial. Same kind of goal. Wan-Bissaka cross this time.— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) June 24, 2020
Martial 1 ½ chances = 2 goals— Red Conservative ?? (@official_punzee) June 24, 2020
It's about quality not quantity.
Can you imagine Martial in City or Liverpool where they rack up the stats in chances created? He'd be a 40 goal a season player.
It became an uphill task from thereon in for the Blades.
Could they produce an almighty comeback in the second half?
Well, no, not really. An early Oliver McBurnie half-chance was missed (entirely) but the Blades simply couldn't get near their opponents who controlled proceedings.
Man United will be happy with this dominant performance over their biggest rivals— george (@georgeowxn) June 24, 2020
One of the few moments of note came from Martial, but not quite as everyone had hoped.
An almighty run from Pogba - including nutmegs and step-overs galore - put him in place to shoot in the box, but his fellow international pinched possession off him and blazed waaaaay over.
Paul Pogba could’ve just scored one incredible goal there. He nutmegs Berge, then his quick feet get him through two defenders before Martial takes it away from him and hammers over. That would’ve been something special.— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) June 24, 2020
Martial wanted the hat rick so bad!!!!! Pogba was just taking souls ???— Flex (@FlexUTD) June 24, 2020
Martial’s on a hat-trick I don’t give a fuck if Pogba takes on the entire Sheffield United team. We need that hat-trick.— Jay Motty (@RFFH) June 24, 2020
It did come, though, and in rather superb fashion too. Martial's best Premier League scoring season got even better.
This time, it was a delicate chip over the onrushing Simon Moore to cap off a fine individual showing and his first Red Devils hat-trick.
⚽⚽⚽ Anthony Martial has scored Man Utd’s first PL hat-trick in 263 games, spanning 7 years & 63 days, since Robin van Persie v Aston Villa in April 2013— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) June 24, 2020
? It’s the first hat-trick of Martial’s club career, in his 284th appearance pic.twitter.com/UP5WH6S8Z9
Martial, Pogba, Rashford, Bruno, Greenwood ??????— Donwil Fernandes (@FernandesDonnie) June 24, 2020
Martial. You love to see it.— Oisin O Domhnaill (@OisinODomhnaill) June 24, 2020
There were to be no further goals, but in all honesty, did there need to be?
United looked at their very best on Wednesday in the searing Manchester heat, with countless positives to take from a fantastic day at the office.
Martial coming of age, Bruno/Pogba link up, Champions League football on the horizon....
After the season they've had, does it get any better?
Source : 90min