Anthony Martial happy to share centre forward duties with Marcus Rashford as their partnership starts to blossom at the start of the new season
- Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have both scored two goals in two games
- Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter means responsibility is on duo for goals
- Martial also believes racism can not be fully eradicated from society and football
- Manchester United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon
Anthony Martial has spoken of his keenness to share responsibility with Marcus Rashford as the pair’s relationship starts to blossom.
The duo have netted twice each in United’s opening Premier League games, with Rashford scoring a brace against Chelsea and Martial converting once in each game against the Blues and Wolves.
The Frenchman has struggled to nail down a regular place in the starting XI over the past few seasons, but he now seems more motivated both on the training pitch and on matchday.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have scored two goals each at the start of the season
The pair celebrate after Martial’s strike in the second half against Chelsea on opening weekend
‘At training, we [Martial and Rashford] have this competition between us about scoring goals,’ Martial 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.’
After playing a bit-part role in recent years, Martial is ready to play a starring role this season
Martial also shared his opinion on racism in football and in general society, following the abuse Paul Pogba received on Twitter after his penalty miss against Wolves.
‘It’s something you can’t really eradicate from society,’ he said. ‘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.’