Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata was buzzing for Anthony Martial after his hat-trick in the Premier League thrashing of Sheffield United. The Frenchman became the club’s first player to score a hat-trick since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
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Martial opened the scoring in the seven minute after superbly reacting to Marcus Rashford’s drilled ball across the face of goal.
The 25-year-old doubled the lead on the stroke of half time when he fired Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross past Blades keeper Simon Moore, who was standing I for United loanee Dean Henderson.
He completed the treble – his first for the club – after the break when he chipped Moore.
Martial took to social media after the match to mark his brilliant day.
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Thanks godGreat game and happy to score my First hat-trick ⚽️⚽️⚽️ @manchesterunited
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“Thanks God,” he wrote on Instagram. “Great game and happy to score my first hat-trick.”
Mata was quick to spot the post and commented with the nickname he has given his pal.
“French Ronaldo,” the Spaniard wrote.
And United fans lapped up the interaction.
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“Compared to the GOAT, Ronaldo should be proud of himself,” wrote one supporter.
“Viva French Ronaldo!” commented a second.
“Ronaldo is the Portuguese Martial,” added a third.
While a fourth said: “Cristiano Martial.”
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It is not the first time Mata has branded Martial the “French Ronaldo”.
Two years ago, the former Monaco ace shared a clip of Mata saying “Anthony Martial – the French Ronaldo” while the pair were in a swimming pool.
He also wrote the nickname on one of his team-mate’s Instagram posts after scoring in last October’s win at Norwich City.
United travel to Carrow Road on Saturday (5.30pm) for their FA Cup quarter-final clash.
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