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Anthony Martial was in good form as Manchester United defeated Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old was the best player on the pitch and scored United’s second of the game. Martial has been in good form in recent weeks and has won his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans.

Martial scored a brace against Chelsea and continued his scoring streak with a goal against Everton.

Mourinho was impressed with Martial’s performance and hailed him after the game.

Mourinho told the media in his press conference: “ I think he has the same natural talent that he had one year ago, two years ago, but he’s improving his way of thinking football, thinking training too and thinking his role in the team, so I’m really, really happy with him.

And with Luke Shaw, with boys that are improving and difficult periods for them, difficult periods for myself, because I want more from them and I took them to the limit. But in this moment I think both of them and in today’s case, Anthony, he was able to do things that he was not able to do before, so I’m really, really happy with Anthony.”

Mourinho also said in an interview with MUTV: “He showed the player he can be, because [he’s] a talented player – he showed that many years ago. He showed that in Monaco, he showed that when he came to Manchester United, but [was] very intermittent.

“Today he showed that he can be a player with a really solid performance. This performance today without that wonderful goal would always be a good performance. So I think he’s achieving a level where his performance is not just analysed by the goals he score, but by the performance overall, so he’s becoming a better player.”