• Manchester United striker Anthony Martial scored three goals in September
  • Teenager joined Manchester United from Monaco for £36m
  • Juan Mata beat Martial to the Manchester United player of the month award 

James Andrew for MailOnline

Anthony Martial has been named Barclays Premier League player of the month for September after making an immediate impact at Manchester United after joining at the end of the transfer window.

The French teenager joined Old Trafford from Monaco for an initial £36million and scored three goals in the month.

Martial came off the bench and netted on his debut against Liverpool at Old Trafford in a 3-1 win and then scored twice in the 3-2 win away at Southampton. 

Manchester United's Anthony Martial receives the Barclays Player of Month Award

Manchester United’s Anthony Martial receives the Barclays Player of Month Award

Anthony Martial poses with his award
Martial signs a Manchester United shirt after returning to the club after international duty 

Anthony Martial poses with his award and signs a Manchester United shirt at the club’s training ground

Juan Mata scooped the Manchester United player of the month award voted for by the fans

Juan Mata scooped the Manchester United player of the month award voted for by the fans

Martial came off the bench to score an excellent solo goal against Liverpool to make it 3-1

Martial came off the bench to score an excellent solo goal against Liverpool to make it 3-1

Martial made an immediate impact for Manchester United against Liverpool on September 12 

Martial made an immediate impact for Manchester United against Liverpool on September 12 

Martial then scored twice on his first Premier League start for Manchester United at Southampton

Martial then scored twice on his first Premier League start for Manchester United at Southampton

Martial was a surprise signing for Manchester United when he joined from Monaco for £36m

Martial was a surprise signing for Manchester United when he joined from Monaco for £36m

The teenager beat United colleague Daley Blind, Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris, West Ham schemer Dimitri Payet and Leicester City attacker Jamie Vardy to the award.

Martial was a virtual unknown player when he moved to Old Trafford on deadline day but by the end of the month everyone knew who he was after the impact in his first month – and while his transfer fee was an initial £36m, it could rise to as much as £58m with various add-ons.

Martial came off the bench against Liverpool on September 12 and with almost his first touch in the game, went on a brilliant solo run and finish past Reds keeper Simon Mignolet. 

He followed that up with a double against Southampton at St Mary’s as United won 3-2 in what was his first Premier League start for the club.

It is the first time a United player has earned the accolade since Robin van Persie back in April 2013. 

And he follows Swansea City’s Andre Ayew was the previous recipient of Barclays’ monthly prize in August.  

Martial featured for France in the international friendly match against Armenia in Nice

Martial featured for France in the international friendly match against Armenia in Nice

Martial made his first start for France in the friendly win over Denmark last week

Martial made his first start for France in the friendly win over Denmark last week

But bizarrely, Martial was pipped to United’s own player of the month award by midfielder Juan Mata. 

Mata pipped his team-mate by just two per cent of votes from fans. However, the French teenager also scooped the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month prize for September. 

Martial made his international debut for France in a friendly against Portugal on September 4 soon after his move, but impressed for Monaco last season, when he scored eight goals in 31 appearances.

In a July 2015 study by the Soccerex 20 Football Value Index, Martial was ranked the 17th most valuable under-21 player in Europe at £11.6m.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was named manager of the month for the second time in his Premier League career – his previous time was as manager as Southampton back in January 2013.

The award comes after three straight victories over Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Manchester City and Spurs remain unbeaten since the opening day of the season. 

 


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