The second batch of the 2018/19 Champions League games proved to be as thrilling as the first with Ronaldo’s league debut for Juventus and Renato Sanches’ heroics.
For Manchester United fans, the highlight of the day was Jose Mourinho handing Anthony Martial a start in their Champions League game against Young Boys and the Frenchman’s consequent goal thereafter.
Rumours surrounding Anthony Martial’s departure was rife in the summer as the former Monaco man’s inconsistent form led Mourinho to think he was not good enough to start United’s games.
The Portuguese manager then made clear that he wanted a new winger, but nothing materialized.
Goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial helped the Red Devils to a 3-0 win over Young Boys.
Within ten minutes, the World Cup winner scored his second goal with a 44th-minute penalty. Referee Deniz Aytekin gave the penalty after Luke Shaw’s cross struck Kevin Mbabu’s arm.
Fans were impressed by the forward and showed their appreciation by serenading him with his own song as he applauded them for their support.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Mourinho said, “Job done. Not phenomenal but good enough. They were intense, compact and had self esteem. Then after the first goal, the game was under control. We tried to score the goals that gave us the stability for the second half.”
“It is important for us to win because probably every team is going to get six points against Young Boys. Now we have two important matches against Valencia and Juventus. They are very good opponents.”
Twitter has since reacted to Martial’s performance: