Anthony Martial the man to inspire Manchester United - Jesse Lingard

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Jesse Lingard has named his teammate Anthony Martial as the man to make things happen for Manchester United.

20-year-old Martial starred in a greatly improved United performance on Tuesday night, as Louis van Gaal's side comfortably dispatched Stoke City 3-0.

The Red Devils are currently in fifth place, five points behind Arsenal, and Lingard believes the French striker could be the man to inspire United to Champions League qualification for next season.


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Speaking to MUTV, the United academy product said: "If we keep feeding the ball to Anthony Martial, he can make things happen. We knew from his goal against Liverpool what he could bring to the team -- that pace, that power and he's got a great goal in him."

Following his £36 million transfer last summer from Monaco - a fee that could reportedly rise to £61 million with performance clauses - Martial announced himself on his Premier League debut with a stunning goal against Liverpool.

Since then, despite often being deployed out wide and in a struggling United side, Martial has scored another eight goals in all competitions whilst producing numerous signs that he may be the post signing of the post-Ferguson era.

In further good news for United fans, captain Wayne Rooney scored his seventh goal in as many games on Tuesday night.

United face Guus Hiddink's Chelsea on Sunday and Lingard is hoping Rooney will extend his recent run of form at Stamford Bridge.

He commented: "He's always going to score goals, and he leads the team by example. Seven goals in seven matches is a great record and hopefully now he can get eight in eight."

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