Anthony Martial proved Souness and Keane wrong with Manchester derby showing

Anthony Martial was back to his best in Manchester United’s shock 2-0 win away at Manchester City on Sunday afternoon – proving Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Graeme Souness wrong after their recent criticism of the striker.

Martial, who was leading the United line in the absence of Edinson Cavani, made an instant impact against the Premier League leaders by winning a penalty inside the first minute.

The Frenchman darted into the box and was brought down by Gabriel Jesus, meaning referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and allowed Bruno Fernandes to open the scoring from 12 yards.

And he went on to produce one of his best United performances in recent memory as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men ran out 2-0 winners on the day, with Luke Shaw popping up with a collector's item to double their lead five minutes into the second half.

Gary Neville even named him Man of the Match on commentary duty for Sky Sports, leaving fellow pundits Keane and Souness red-faced after their comments last weekend.

When Martial was omitted from the starting line-up for their 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Keane said: "I'm not surprised you leave him out. I think he's a young man with talent to succeed at the highest level… but will he be disappointed he's not playing today?

“Does he ever show he's got a real passion for the game? Does he ever play, get emotional about the game? I've never seen it.

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    Souness agreed with Keane’s assessment of the United ace and said one of Solskjaer’s biggest challenges is “to keep the fire under Martial because he had a good end of the season. But I don't think that's happened.”

    Martial’s stunning display helped United end City’s record-breaking winning run of 21 matches on Sunday, while also moving them to within 11 points of the runaway leaders.

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