Bruno Fernandes’ message to Anthony Martial after Man Utd star’s first hat-trick
Bruno Fernandes was among the first to send his congratulations to Anthony Martial after the forward netted the first Man Utd hat-trick in the Premier League for seven years.
Martial had never hit a treble himself in his five years at the club, but banged all three goals against Sheffield United on Wednesday in a typical striker's performance.
The Frenchman produced first-time finishes for all three of his goals from inside the box, the last of which was a delicate chip over the goalkeeper.
Fernandes has shown real leadership qualities since his arrival at Old Trafford, and wasted no time bigging up his teammate.
Writing on Twitter after the match, the Portuguese midfielder said: "+3. Congratulations on your first hat-trick @AnthonyMartial wearing the Man Utd jersey."
Martial was quick to show his appreciation, responding: "Thanks my bro @B_Fernandes8."
The 24-year-old is clearly enjoying playing with the £67million star, as well as the returning Paul Pogba.
Speaking to MUTV after the game , Martial said: "They’re top players.
"In training we practiced the link-up a lot, today was a very good game, we created a lot of chances.”
Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata also sent messages to Martial, who was the first player to hit a hat-trick for United in the competition since Robin van Persie in 2013.
His performance also drew comparisons with a United legend, as former Blackburn and Chelsea striker likened Martial's deadly display to that of Ruud van Nistelrooy.
"They were typical finishes of a No 9, sniffing them out in the penalty area," Sutton told The Mail. "I’ve always worried about his instinct in the box and thought he played on the back foot too much, but these goals were what you’d expect from a Ruud van Nistelrooy type."
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Sutton added that Martial could be the solution to United's search for a striker if he can reproduce the same form, and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he has been working closely with the player.
"We have worked a lot with Anthony on his movement in there and to be patient in there because he's a quality player who can drop out of the box and get some touches," Solskjaer said.
"But that's where you score the goals, and the last one of course was very nice combination play and a great finish."
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