Anthony Martial is relishing the inter-team rivalry between himself and Marcus Rashford at Manchester United and revealed how they “terrorise defences”.
With Romelu Lukaku now out of the picture, Martial and Rashford will lead United’s attack for this season.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates the young duo highly and has already challenged them to emulate Old Trafford icon Cristiano Ronaldo. However, doubts continue to persist over the Norwegian’s decision to sell a proven scorer in Lukaku.
Although both Martial and Rashford have answered critics by scoring two goals each in United’s opening Premier League games. This undoubtedly will only further fuel Solskjaer’s belief in the young pair.
And Martial has even opened up on how he and Rashford are spurring each other on in training.
“At training, we have this competition between us about scoring goals,” the French striker told Sky Sports.
“We measure who does the best finishing and who scores the most.
“Who’s winning? Well, that depends… Sometimes it’s him, sometimes it’s me. In games, Marcus likes to play in the middle, like me. I don’t mind dropping off, dropping out, we interchange during games.
“It doesn’t bother me to let him take the lead occasionally. It helps us to terrorise opposition defences and I hope we can keep it up over the course of the season.”
Martial was on target during the Red Devils’ 1-1 league draw at Wolves on Monday. The result at Molineux caused Solskjaer’s men to drop valuable points after Ruben Neves’ second-half equaliser.
Unfortunately, though, the match was overshadowed by the online racist abuse aimed at Paul Pogba following his decisive penalty miss.
“It’s something you can’t really eradicate from society,” Martial said on racism.
“Out there on the pitch, we can’t do anything about it per se. As players, we are there among white people, black people, people of all colours.
“The French expression is ‘we’re all the same’. Bans should be brought about for people who give out this hatred. People go to football stadiums to have a good time and enjoy the game, and there’s no place for it. I’m in favour of the love, not the hate.”