Anthony Martial ended Manchester United’s seven-year wait for a Premier League hat-trick against Sheffield United. The France forward struck twice in the first half against Chris Wilder’s men before wrapping up the first hat-trick of his career with a fine goal 16 minutes from time.
Martial is the first United player to score three times in a league match since Robin van Persie did so against Aston Villa in 2013. That 3-0 win, which featured a spectacular Van Persie volley from a raking Wayne Rooney pass, secured the title for the Red Devils in Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.
Since then, United have failed to win the top-flight title, coming closest in 2017-18 under Jose Mourinho when they finished second behind runaway champions Manchester City.
A total of 21 Premier League teams have scored hat-tricks since the start of the 2013-14 season, including Sunderland – who are now in England’s third tier – twice.
Martial’s hat-trick took him to 19 goals in all competitions in 2019-20, two more than his previous best haul for the club.