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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Anthony Martial (7', 44', 74')

Martial hits hat trick as Man United beat Sheffield United to close on top four

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An Anthony Martial hat trick saw Manchester United close the gap on the Premier League top four to just two points in a dominant 3-0 win over Sheffield United

Two first-half goals from Martial sealed the victory in the first behind-closed-doors fixture at Old Trafford before he added the third late on to become the first Manchester United player to score a hat trick in the Premier League since Robin van Persie in April 2013.

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Martial turned in from close-range at the near post from Marcus Rashford's drilled low cross from the right after seven minutes, the earliest scored in a Premier League game since it resumed earlier this month.

And he added a second in the 44th minute in similar circumstances when he converted expertly from Aaron Wan-Bissaka's pass.

Rashford was on hand to lay on the third as Martial completed his hat trick with another well-taken close-range finish. His 14th Premier League goal of the season and 19th in all competitions.

Soon after, United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five substitutions in one go, introducing Odion Ighalo, Daniel James, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira with Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford and Martial making way.

"I feel very good, it's the first hat trick in my career," Martial told Manchester United television.

"I'm happy because the team played very good today. [Marcus Rashford] gave me one or two assists today, so the most important thing is to win. I tried to give him a chance to score, no competition, we just want to win."

The hosts missed several chances to add to their tally as Ighalo was denied by Moore and the lively Wan-Bissaka dragged his shot from 10 metres wide of the far post.

Sheffield United, in their third game back, are yet to score a goal since the Premier League's return and have only taken one point from a potential nine available.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 +49 92
2 Manchester City 34 +52 69
3 Chelsea 34 +17 60
4 Leicester City 34 +32 59
5 Manchester United 34 +26 58
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 +8 52
7 Sheffield United 34 +2 51
8 Arsenal 34 +8 50
9 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +8 49
10 Burnley 34 -8 49
11 Everton 34 -8 45
12 Southampton 34 -13 44
13 Newcastle United 34 -15 43
14 Crystal Palace 34 -13 42
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -11 36
16 West Ham United 34 -19 31
17 Watford 34 -22 31
18 AFC Bournemouth 34 -27 28
19 Aston Villa 34 -29 27
20 Norwich City 34 -37 21