Man United vs. Crystal Palace reaction: Anthony Martial is absolute dynamite – Steve Nicol | ESPN FC

published on July 17, 2020

Four matches in the premier league on thursday southampton and brighton played a 1-1 draw as do everton and aston villaville look sentenced for the championship but the two big matches featuring leicester city and manchester united both

Tied on points for fourth chase in that last champions league spot leicester two-nothing winners over sheffield united manchester united winning two nothing against crystal palace

That leaves the top half of the premier league looking like this chelsea in third just that one point clear of leicester city who occupy the fourth and final champions league spot for now thanks to gold difference

They got plus three over manchester united we're joined by stevie don and shaka for more don i'll start with you on the manchester united crystal palace match should crystal palace feel agreed there

Were a couple decisions the gold disallowed a potential penalty shout on wilfred zaha in this match well the penalty was disgraced i mean i can't believe the officials have come up with not clear and obvious because

It was the most clear and obvious foul i think i've ever seen i mean it was a stonewall penalty the offside is dubious and we have to get used to the technology he's not quite up to speed

But i'll take the the benefit of the doubt and i'll take the referee and the official's word on um are you being offside but the penalty come on i mean whoever's looking at that in var

And the referee on the pitch you know if he's not sure and var you're not sure do what we always say go over to the monitor double check for yourself if you still don't think it's a penalty

Don't give it but it just leaves it leaves a bad taste when the referees on the pitch are not going to the monitors shaka how much did the decisions today play into manchester united's victory well clearly they did as i mean that's

That's there for everybody to see i disagree with don a little bit i'm not sure that there was enough there to overturn the decision on the field if the referee had given it

I don't see how vr says it's not a penalty uh the referee didn't see didn't see anything wrong in real time and similarly i don't think there was enough there to overtake that

Decision at all i think zaha just ran by the ball a little bit trying to trying to sell lindelof and and left it out and then look just got just enough of a

Touch on it he clearly makes contact with zaha in the process but as i say because he makes a touch and because of things that are run by it i just don't feel there's enough to overturn the decision

One way or the other but the ruling is shaq if you take the ball and the man that's still a foul that is the rule that is the law yeah listen i i agree if the ball is ahead of zaha and he comes through the back of

Zaha and then gets the ball that's one thing but i think zaha kind of runs by the ball in an effort to tell in the law for and have having the love run by him and and just leaves

Enough of it behind him for for glenn not to get a touch and and as i say not warrant the they are overturning the decision stevie let's leave the uh penalty shouts for a bit and we'll focus

In on the manchester united performance you get a goal from anthony martial you get a goal from marcus rashford what more do you want uh i don't think you want anybody else up front that's for sure

Listen for me the difference between in this game was was the the forward lines if you had swapped martial and rashford and stuck a palace jersey on them crystal palace would have won this game because as a back

Four manchester united got done you know for once david de gea has come up with some saves he said two great saves from zaha and he said a fantastic save from a villa voyage free kick so you know at the end of the day this

Game was all about finishing um and martial and rashford right now are at the top of the game and auntie martial i i can't believe this is the same guy i've been watching for the last four or five years

He actually plays like a center forward now you know i had him as a one-trick pony who would collect a ball wide jig inside and put it at the back of that this guy's holding the ball up this guy's connecting play

What's a ton of pace he's got from somewhere um martial for me is absolutely dynamite right now don starting with the gentleman up top what did you make of the united

Performance oh i thought it was sensational in terms of the top end of the pitch i think stevie's absolutely bang on i mean you know martial i always criticize martial because i actually love him and

I think he's a tremendous player and the reason why i criticize him because i want to see more from him you know i go back to the sheffield united 3-3 when man united played seven minutes of the

Game and didn't really turn up i go back to a performance against newcastle when they lost one nil the bournemouth game when they lost one nil in the driving reign and he didn't fancy it everything was

Just a little bit too cold for him and then now all of a sudden you're seeing the real anthony martial and that's why we are i think critical because we we look at his talent and we think he's got blistering pace he can

Finish he can play as a nine he can play off the left-hand side and the front three at the minute are just absolutely sensational bruno fernandez got voted man of the match over in england and i actually

Thought it was one of his quietest games i thought for his standards i actually thought he looked a little bit jaded because he's played a lot of football but you've got to say every time united

Go through a midfield and get to the top end of the pitch they look dangerous every time thanks so much for watching espn on youtube and for more sports highlights and analysis be sure to download the

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