Manchester United and West Ham United will do battle on Saturday evening at Old Trafford with both sides still fighting it out with something to play for.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look to continue in their attempts to win a place in the top four, whilst Manuel Pellegrini’s side continue to jostle for seventh place with a number of their rivals in the middle of the Premier League table.
Anthony Martial and Felipe Anderson are two men that could provide all the difference on Saturday for their respective clubs, however, when compared, which player is more likely to have the bigger impact on the pitch?
Let’s take a look at the duo in more detail and compare them in this battle below…
Ed Woodward managed to secure the services of the electric wing-wizard for £36 million back in 2015.
One thing you could say regarding Martial is that he has had a rather indifferent season. He did not appear to have the best of times under Jose Mourinho, whilst Solskjaer’s tenure seemed to have given him a lift, although that has since dwindled away in recent months.
The Frenchman has not quite hit the heights that were expected of him, and that he had shown in his debut performance against Liverpool, although there is no denying that the talent is still there.
When on his game, he is arguably one of the best wingers in the Premier League when it comes to having the ball at his feet. The 23-year-old has the ability to keep control of the ball exceptionally well and has the skills to be able to run with it at pace, beating opposition defenders and getting shots away.
Ten goals in his 23 top-flight appearances this season clearly shows how lethal he can be in front of goal, however, there is no doubt that the forward will be able to improve further and the £54million-rated ace (per Transfermarkt) could be too much of a handful for the Hammers – provided he turns up.
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Becoming the club’s record transfer will naturally build the hype around a player and many will have expectations that can sometimes be considered unfair, however, Anderson has shown exactly why West Ham made him their most expensive player in history and has not shied away from the daunting prospect.
The 25-year-old has been nothing short of outstanding for the Irons this season, having hit eight goals and four assists in his 32 Premier League appearances so far and has been influential in their quest of hitting new heights at the London Stadium.
The Brazilian, who has also impressed those in the national team recently, has the ability to dribble past opposition defenders and make life difficult, just like Martial does. Anderson also has a rather special free-kick in his locker as well, which can come extremely handy in a game against Manchester United.
Although his goalscoring form has stood out for obvious reasons, his vision to create opportunities and provide his team-mates with key passes at vital times has also been something that has made him a special buy for the club. He has brought an attacking style of play with him and has brought bundles of South American flair to the London Stadium with his performances.
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Whilst Anderson has been superb for West Ham this season and has truly helped to lift them to another level, it is hard to overlook Martial and the quality he has.
The France international may blow hot and cold with his performances, however, when he is on his game, he can become one of the best players in the top-flight and a nightmare for opposition sides to have to deal with.
It’s safe to say that Martial is currently better than the West Ham man as he’s proven himself in the Premier League over the years and hasn’t crumbled under the pressure. He always manages to influence the game in a positive way with his pace and trickery, as well as chipping in with a healthy amount of goals and assists.
He has all the ingredients to become a superstar and he’s already troubled some of the world’s best defenders in Europe, so he’s a level above, despite being the younger players.
Martial has to win this battle between the two wingers.
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