Anthony Martial's Man United statistics after 104 PL games compared to Cristiano Ronaldo


Anthony Martial is now set to be a Manchester United player until at least 2024 after the Frenchman signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal with the club, with the option to extend a further year.

The 23-year-old cost United a whopping £58 million back in 2015 from Monaco and Martial immediately impressed.

There is not much more you can do to make yourself an instant hero than scoring against Liverpool on your debut, that is exactly what the Frenchman did, taking the ball around Martin Skrtel before slotting home in a 3-1 win.

Since then Martial has had some ups and downs.

Many fans have questioned his work rate at times, as well as his decision-making although these were weaknesses for another player who once wore the United shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo joined as a gangly 18-year-old back in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon after humiliating John O'Shea in a pre-season friendly the campaign prior.

The unbridled potential was plain to see but Ronaldo's reluctance to play percentage football meant he was susceptible to losing possession of the ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo holds off Mortiz Volz

Martial seems to be eradicating any bad habits from his game and now with 104 Premier League games to his name, he boasts some pretty impressive statistics. 

 A Twitter handle named @forevruntd, has broken down exactly how well Martial has done by comparing his first 104 league appearances with the Portuguese's.

The results are quite staggering as the statistics show that Martial has scored more goals (32), made more assists (16) and has a far better goals-to-shot ratio (18.5) than a young Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has a very poor 6.4 shot conversion rate, attempting a massive 344 shots to Martial's 173, however the current Juventus forward did create 27 more chances than the Frenchman despite making six less starts.

Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers

Now, I know what you're thinking, Ronaldo was a right-midfielder for his first few years at the club, therefore his stats will not represent the goal-scoring machine he has become.

But in all fairness, Martial has rarely played in his favoured position as a central striker and has often been shifted to the left-hand side to take advantage of his blistering pace and dribbling skills.


So, therefore, the stats are more accurate than they maybe appear.

Martial may be slightly ahead of Ronaldo after 104 games but we all know what Ronaldo went on to become at United and beyond, so the Frenchman will need to improve consistently as the season's roll on.

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