Van Persie congratulates Martial on first Utd hat-trick in seven years

‘It took a while!’: Robin van Persie congratulates Anthony Martial after France striker scored Manchester United’s first hat-trick since the Dutchman SEVEN years ago

  • Anthony Martial starred as Manchester United defeated Sheffield United 3-0
  • United forward scored the first post-Sir Alex Ferguson era hat-trick at the club
  • Robin van Persie had been the last player to net a Red Devils treble in 2013
  • The Dutchman sent his congratulations to Martial on his feat on Twitter 

Robin van Persie has congratulated Anthony Martial after the France striker became the first Manchester United player to score a hat-trick since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager seven years ago

Martial netted a treble in Wednesday evening’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United and it was the club’s first since Van Persie’s hat-trick helped them secure their record 20th Premier League title against Aston Villa back in April 2013.

Van Persie was effectively replaced by Martial after leaving Old Trafford in the summer of 2015 but acknowledged the Frenchman’s feat on Twitter following the Red Devils’ curiously long wait for a hat-trick.  

Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s first hat-trick in seven years

The striker’s third goal against Sheffield United was capped with a deft flick over the keeper

‘It took a while.. but happy that someone has taken the baton after seven years Congratulations on the hat-trick Anthony Martial,’ Van Persie said on the social media site.

Martial took just seven minutes to open the scoring after turning home a Marcus Rashford cross at the near post before doubling United’s lead a minute before the break after drilling in a low Aaron Wan-Bissaka effort.

The Frenchman then capped off a fine evening 16 minutes from the end when after a one-two with Rashford he lofted a finish over the head of advancing Blades keeper Simon Moore. 

It’s United’s first treble since Robin van Persie against Aston Villa in April 2013

Van Persie’s hat-trick on the evening won United their 20th Premier League title

It takes Martial to an impressive tally of 19 goals from 36 appearances in all competitions this term and left manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delighted with his display.

‘The third goal was a great goal,’ Solskjaer said after the game.

‘But for me, the first and the second were better. He’s in the box, ready to go. We have worked on that, getting in the box in that situation more often.’

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shared his delight with the striker’s showing at Old Trafford

Martial’s team-mate Nemanja Matic also congratulated his efforts, claiming he was the best player on the pitch.

‘I am especially happy for Anthony scoring his first hat trick. It is very important for him to score goals,’ he said.

‘It is important for every striker for confidence. I am happy that our strikers are in good condition and for me Anthony was man of the match. He used almost every chance he had to score.

‘Let us see in the future what he can do for us but I am happy for him and congratulations to him.’

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