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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial was a thorn in the flesh against Chelsea as the 22-year-old scored a brace that nearly won the game for United in a dramatic encounter.

After a dull first half, the second period sparked as Martial turned the game on its heat and made life unbearable for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

With Chelsea leading 1-0, Martial scored twice to almost give the Blues the victory, and he became the first player to score two for United on Chelsea’s ground since Ryan Giggs grabbed a brace in the 5-4 League Cup defeat back in October 2012.

Although his goals didn’t seal the victory for United, Martial was recognised as the man of the match, and his teammate Ashley Young admitted that the France international is world-class.

“He is fantastic, he is a world-class player,” said Young.

“To be honest I am not sure why he is not in the France squad, but that is down to the French manager.

“For me, I see him day in, day out and he is some talent. He is unbelievable and he has shown his finishing [ability] day in, day out at training. He is a fantastic player and he got the goals today.”