Saturday 24 August 2019

Anthony Martial will join elite list of Man United legends if he scores against Crystal Palace

Anthony Martial (Martin Rickett/PA)
Anthony Martial (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Anthony Martial will equal records set by Ruud van Nistelrooy, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo if he scores in Manchester United's Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The France striker has been on the score-sheet in his last five domestic league games for United and he will join an elite list of players who have scored in six successive games for the club if he finds the target at Old Trafford this weekend.

While the prolific Dutch hit-man Van Nistelrooy holds the record for scoring in the most consecutive Premier League games for United after scoring in ten games across the end of the 2002/03 season and the start of the 2003/04 season, Martial has confirmed his return to form with his burst of goals in recent weeks.

His run started with a strike in United's thrilling 3-2 win against Newcastle last month before he was among the scorers against Chelsea, Everton and Bournemouth, with his consolation spot kick against City at the Etihad Stadium in the last round of Premier League fixtures continuing his successful spell.

Now he is eyeing up the chance to score in half a dozen consecutive Premier League games for United and if he achieves that aim, he will match Van Nistelrooy (2001/02 and 2004/05), Cantona in the 1995/96 season and Ronaldo's 2007/08 run of goals.

Jamie Vardy holds the record for scoring in the most consecutive Premier League games, as he scored in 11 consecutive games for Leicester during their 2015/16 title winning season. 

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