- Van Persie took to social media to hail Martial for his hat trick
- The Frenchman’s treble was the first in the Premier League for Manchester United since Van Persie in 2013
- United are now two points off Chelsea, who face Manchester City on Thursday, June 25
Former Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie broke his silence after Anthony Martial finally knocked him off as the last player to score a Premier League hat trick for the club.
A lot has changed for the Red Devils since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford and one notable aspect of the game which was clearly lacking over the years was the free-scoring and ruthless nature of the team.
Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, the team is slowly rediscovering its past lethal form and this was exhibited against Sheffield United on Wednesday when Anthony Martial bagged a memorable hat trick.
The Frenchman’s treble of goals was the first scored by any Man United player since Sir Alex Ferguson left and the club has been subject to loads of criticism for that.
After leaving Old Trafford, Van Persie was effectively replaced by Martial in 2015 and he took to Twitter to finally acknowledge the Frenchman’s abilities in front of goal.
“It took a while, but happy that someone has taken the baton after 7 years Congratulations on the hat-trick Martial,” the Dutchman tweeted.
United took just seven minutes to open the scoring as Rashford whipped a low cross in which Martial converted expertly.
The 24-year old converted his second goal at the stroke of half time in typical fashion only this time, it was Aaron Wan Bissaka who drilled in the low cross.
He capped off a wonderful evening for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a lovely chip past the Sheffield keeper to send the Red Devils to within two points off Chelsea who lie in fourth place.
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