Manchester united striker turned winger Anthony Martial has revealed how he makes professional defenders look amateur when he mesmerises them during one on one situations, a psychological angle the French youngster believes kills players confidence.
When operating on the left flank, United boss Jose Mourinho usually charges Martial with the responsibility of bamboozling his opponent in order to open defences up and this is something he has done to great effect in recent weeks, perhaps most impressively during the dramatic New Year’s Eve victory over Middlesbrough.
Martial sped past on loan Arsenal defender Calum Chambers early in that Premier League outing and played a key role in the 2-1 win, hitting the woodwork, setting up Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s disallowed goal and scoring the equaliser.
“I do try to create doubts for my opponents and take away their confidence,” the 21-year-old explains during an exclusive chat with MUTV.
“I try to cause problems by taking the player on and making him feel uneasy and unsure of what he should do next.
“In that particular game, things went pretty well. I knew that it wasn’t his preferred position, as he usually is a central defender, so I tried my best to make life difficult for him, and I thought it went quite well.”
The Red Devils host Hull City tonight in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg as they chase ninth consecutive win in all competitions.