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Martial scored during the emphatic win at the Cardiff City stadium..

Anthony Martial's highlights during Cardiff 1-5 Man Utd show a very positive change

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Manchester United got back on track with a convincing win over Cardiff City at the weekend.

It's been a tumultuous week at Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho being sacked on Tuesday, but they've finished the run-up to Christmas in style and with no less than five goals in south Wales.

Jesse Lingard netted a brace during the 5-1 victory, whilst goals from Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford also contributed to the win.

Only a penalty from Victor Camarasa, coming in the 38th minute, blotted the United copybook as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the perfect start to his tenure.

What was perhaps most impressive was the clear change in playing style, with the Red Devils using a far more attacking approach than had been seen under Mourinho.

Cardiff City 1-5 Manchester United

It's certainly feasible that Mourinho would won the game too but it certainly wouldn't have been in such dramatic or entertaining fashion.

The new set-up under Solskjaer seemed to have reinvigorated players who had become oppressed under the previous regime.

And although he's experienced a better season that most at United already, Martial certainly fits into that category and he thrived at the Cardiff City stadium.

Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League

Martial's individual highlights

Journalist Samuel Luckhurst summed up his display by writing: "Rounded off the phenomenal team goal that Solskjaer's United could become synonymous with. Excelled in a fluid front three. 8"

Mourinho might even be kicking himself a little as Martial also showed some brilliant tracking back and defensive work throughout the game.

It wasn't necessarily the most flashy performance from Martial but one that shows exactly what he can offer under a manager who gives him more creative license.

That considered, take a look at his individual highlights down below:

Very exciting stuff, to say the least.

Plenty of supporters have hypothesised how Martial would play under, say, Pep Guardiola and if he'd become a far more prolific player with all his raw ability.

Well, with a far more attacking coach in Solskjaer now pulling the strings at Old Trafford, perhaps fans will finally see the player everybody knows Martial can become.

At the end of the day, neither Louis van Gaal nor Mourinho are offensively-minded managers and their systems didn't particularly suit Martial.

Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League

And with the Frenchman still producing decent numbers before the sacking, he could be delivering goals in abundance before the summer.

It's too early to say after just one victory but the Red Devils seem to be heading in the right direction and more United-like football is on the horizon.

Let's just hope that Martial grabs the opportunity with both hands.

How many goals do you think Martial will score this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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