Martial and Alexis will be a frightening combination for Man United

Anthony Martial netted the winner at Burnley on Saturday and on current form he and Alexis Sanchez will complement each other superbly.

It was one of those afternoons when the football felt like the sideshow. Manchester United’s imminent purchase of Alexis Sanchez was the main event and the trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley appeared to be of secondary importance. In the end, it was a piece of magic in the final third which gave United a well-earned 1-0 victory, Romelu Lukaku working hard down the right to buy himself time and space before finding Anthony Martial with a cross-field pass which the Frenchman fired home with aplomb.

With Juan Mata anonymous throughout and Jesse Lingard busy but mostly ineffective, the Chilean’s involvement was just what United appeared to be missing for the majority of the game. Their attacks lacked the sort of spark Sanchez can add, seemingly relying on individual moments that none of those in the starting XI were showing themselves to be capable of supplying. The consensus was unanimous around Old Trafford when it was admitted by Mourinho and his staff that Sanchez was a target. “United need him more than City” seemed to be the message, and events in Burnley only serve to back that up.

But as Martial continues to make the difference for now, United fans can only imagine what their side might be capable of once he has Sanchez teeing him up.