TT Battle: Anthony Martial vs Sadio Mane

Liverpool and Man U face each other this weekend in a game where Jurgen Klopp’s side are overwhelming favourites following Man United’s poor season. 

Liverpool have restored themselves as a powerhouse in English football and are the main contender with City for the title.

Man U, however, have slipped down the league and will be lucky to get into the Champions League this season. Both sides have two incredibly talented wingers in Sadio Mane and Anthony Martial. With the two facing each other this weekend, let’s compare the two…

Saio Mane

After two impressive seasons with Southampton, Liverpool paid £34 million for the Senegalese winger in 2016 and since his arrival, Mane has been one of the best players at the club and one of the best in the league.

In his first two seasons under Klopp, Mane registered double digits in goals while also chipping in with a few assists. His pace and direct style of play is a superb fit for Liverpool and he’s now formed one of the best attacking trios in the world.

While he was superb at Southampton, he’s taken his game to another level at Liverpool and his ability to attack defenders while also creating goals is incredible. Worryingly for the rest of the league, Mane still has his best years ahead of him and looks as though he could help take Liverpool to future success.

TT Grade: A

Anthony Martial

It’s quite obvious that Martial is one of the most talented players in the league. Unfortunately for Man U fans, they just haven’t seen him at his best for most of his career in Manchester.

Man U paid what at the time, was an eyewatering £36 million fee for the Monaco forward. Since his arrival at Man U, however, he’s struggled to fulfil his potential which at times is attributed to being played out of position but also due to Mourinho’s management of the forward.

He naturally looks like a striker but due to Romelu Lukaku, he has often been played on the wing. While for most of the seasons past he’s been inconsistent, this year it finally looks like he’s starting to live up to his potential as he’s scored seven goals this season.

He has blistering pace and should be registering double digits in goals every year and isn’t playing at Mane’s level.

TT Grade: B+

The Verdict

Due to Mane’s continued performance at a high level, he wins this one. He may not have the natural talent of Martial but Mane is just consistently superb. Moreover, it looks as though he’s an ideal fit for his team whereas Martial seems to be a player looks like a player who can sometimes looks like he can’t be bothered.

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