Anthony Martial has made a better start to his Manchester United career than Cristiano Ronaldo.
The winger scored his ninth goal in 29 appearances against Stoke on Tuesday.
That’s seven more goals than Ronaldo managed in his first 29 games for the Red Devils.
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The Daily Mirror compared the first 29 games of Martial, Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney’s United careers and the findings are rather interesting.
Rooney had the best start of the trio, scoring 15 in 29 following his move from Everton in 2004.
The 30-year-old was United’s number one striker in his first season at United while Martial, like Ronaldo, has featured heavily on the left wing, so it’s only natural to expect Rooney to have the best record.
Though the numbers reflect poorly on Ronaldo, the Portuguese only made 17 starts in his first 29 games compared to 26 starts for Martial and Rooney apiece.
Martial has made an impressive start to life in England following his £36 million signing from Monaco last summer.
The 20-year-old has regularly provided a spark in a season filled with dreary moments for United and has the potential to become a world class talent.
However, he has a long way to go to match the feats of Rooney and Ronaldo. The England captain is five goals short of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals for United, while Ronaldo has won three Ballon d’Or trophies and is Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer.
The benchmark has been set. No pressure, lad.