Chris Wilder has described Sheffield United's chastening 3-0 defeat by Manchester United as the "toughest" match his side have faced all season. We pressed well, we passed well and ran hard. It's my first hat-trick in my career, so I hope I will score more.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka assuaged doubts over the attacking side of his game with a superb assist for Martial's second in the 44th minute - a pivotal moment in the contest given Sheffield United had resumed brightly from the first-half drinks break. Martial used a one-touch shot to beat Sheffield keeper Simon Moore from point-blank range.
But, just as United's fortunes have changed markedly since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January, so Martial has profited too.
The midfielder has endured an injury-hit campaign but showed signs of promise on his first start since September, which also saw him line up from the start alongside exciting January signing Bruno Fernandes for the first time.
The England striker then failed to convert Paul Pogba's pass before Harry Maguire headed in a far-post corner, only for the effort to be ruled out for a push on Phil Jagielka.
The France worldwide took his goal tally to 19 with his treble on Wednesday - a man-of-the-match display that saw fellow European hopefuls Sheffield United swatted aside 3-0. "I've always anxious about his instinct in the box and thought he played on the back foot too much, but these goals were what you'd expect from a Ruud van Nistelrooy type". Rashford split the defense and found his teammate who was six yards away from the net.
The Frenchman broke a long-running club curse by scoring the club's first Premier League hat-trick in seven years.
Asked about United's run-in with Leicester dropping points, Solskjaer told reporters: "I've never said fourth is our aim!" He used nearly every chance he had to score. "I tried to give him a chance to score - no competition, we just want to win".
Manchester United are set to take on Norwich City in the FA Cup third round at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon. "I know they will be happy for me and it's good to play like this", he said as quoted by manutd.com, the club's official website.