Anthony Martial ended a long-running Manchester United curse by scoring the club’s first Premier League hat-trick in seven years-before losing the match ball. The 26-year-old French striker scored three times to lead his side to a vital 3-0 victory over Sheffield United. The three points ensured Man Utd solidified their position against their European-chasing rivals in fifth place in the table.

It also moved United within two points to fourth-place Chelsea, with the Blues keeping a match in hand. But Martial also ended a seven-year curse on Wednesday in scoring a hat-trick that had troubled Old Trafford No9s. Incredibly this was the first Man Utd trio in the Premier League since Robin van Persie’s against Aston Villa in 2013.

United in those seven years and 63 days have played an incredible 263 games, without any other player scoring a hat-trick. Man Utd stars accounted for 14 hat-tricks in the treble of the seven-year BEFORE RVP under Sir Alex Ferguson. Having played 284 times in his club career, it was Martial’s FIRST-EVER hat-trick, .

The France ace simply failed to grab the full-time match ball was such a surprise. Finally, he was honored and honored by giving him a short kiss. Martial had the ball going early at Old Trafford against the Blades, scoring the opener for seven minutes.

In an entertaining front-three reminiscent of the excellent 2007-08 attack, Marcus Rashford fired the ball across the six-yard box and Martial’s outstretched leg turned the ball in.

Only five minutes later, Martial gave Rashford the favor, which ought to have seen him open his post-lockdown account just to scuff a large shot at an empty goal. His second came in no different circumstances-this time he was presented with the driven ball in the box by Aaron Wan-Bissaka for him to turn first.

At the end of a spectacular smooth pass the ex-Monaco man’s hat-trick came on 74 minutes, chipping the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.

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