Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard's impact for Man United so far this season


Manchester United have had a remarkable resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his appointment in late December.

The Reds have won all but two games since the Norwegian rejoined his old club, with a late fightback to draw with Burnley and a humbling 2-0 home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain being Solskjaer's only blemishes thus far.

United's form has seen them finally creep into the top four, just a point ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, a feat that seemed impossible under Jose Mourinho just a few months prior.

Unfortunately for Solskjaer though, his only defeat against PSG not only meant they would be up against it for the second leg in France from a results point of view, but a suspension for Paul Pogba and injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard added to United's woes.

Pogba has received heavy plaudits since his return to form under the baby-faced assassin, but Martial's influence has been throughout the whole season, as well as Lingard's unsung antics.

Both Jesse and Anthony will out for at least five games in what is a heavily congested time fixture-wise for the club.

But just imagine if United had to deal without both players from the start of the season.

How much impact have they actually had?


Martial and Lingard have been involved in 22 goals (16 goals, 6 assists) so far this season in all competitions and have been permanent fixtures for the club this campaign.

The Frenchman in particular has shown what confidence can do for a young player as he has eradicated the notion of last season that he lacks work-rate.

The former Monaco winger has scored 11 goals this season, with nine being in the Premier League as well as creating two for his team-mates.


If you take Martial's goals out of the equation, United would have dropped points at home against Newcastle and Bournemouth as well as away at Everton.

More notably, erasing the Frenchman's goals against Chelsea and Arsenal would both result in defeat.

Meaning that in total, the 23-year-old has earned the Red Devils eight points this year on his own.


Lingard, on the other hand, started the season quite slowly but has still managed five goals and four assists in all competitions.

Eradicating these from United's league results would mean getting rid of Lingard's goal as well as Martial's against Arsenal, turning that one into a 2-0 defeat from a 2-2 draw.

Lingard's crucial last minute assist for Victor Lindelöf in the draw against Burnley would be scratched off, meaning Solskjaer would already have his first league defeat of the season.

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The Norwegian's first game in charge would not look quite as handsome either with Lingard being directly involved in three of United's five goals in their 5-1 thrashing against Cardiff.

So taking this into consideration, Lingard has earned United two points this season by himself, adding that to Martial's eight, they have earned a combined ten points for their club.

If we take this off United's total of 51, then we would see all of Solskjaer's hard work to claw the Manchester side back into the top four disappear.


As with a new total of 41, United would sit in what has been a more familiar position of sixth, just two points ahead of Wolves and with a far inferior goal difference from +17 to -1.

So, United fans will certainly be hoping that they can both get back to full fitness as quickly as possible.

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