An injury-blighted season has restricted the Frenchman to only 17 appearances in all competitions, eight of those as a substitute, yet he has still struck seven goals.
With Martial scoring off the bench against Everton on Saturday, manager Erik ten Hag believes the Frenchman can pick up the baton from Rashford and lead the team's charge on three fronts in the Premier League, UEFA Europa League and FA Cup.
"You say I defended him [in the past] but I just pointed to the stats," Ten Hag told the club's official website. "The stats are telling you that the moment he is on the pitch, the time he needs for a goal is [short].
As Ten Hag has suggested, Martial averages fewer minutes per goal than other Man Utd player this season, netting every 114 minutes on average.
Mins/goal all comps. 2022/23
|Player||Mins played||Goals||Mins per goal|
The data also backs up Ten Hag's assertion that his team have better results when Martial is in the team. In fact, in the Premier League, they have won all six of the matches he has started.
While Man Utd have a similar number of shots with and without Martial, they score more goals when he plays, averaging 2.2 per match compared to 1.3 without him.
Without the ball, United win possession in the final third more often when Martial starts, and concede far fewer goals, with 0.5 per match compared to 1.5 without him.
Martial's impact in PL 2022/23
|Stats per match||Martial starts||Doesn't start|
|Poss. won in final third||6.3||4.8|
The initial focus for Man Utd is Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla.
But if Martial is selected for the next Premier League match on Sunday, he will aim to score against Nottingham Forest for a third time this season.
He netted in United's 3-0 league win last December and in their 2-0 Carabao Cup success in February.