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Anthony Martial has record chasing on his mind

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Martial has started on fire for Man Utd
Martial has started on fire for Man Utd

Anthony Martial has already defied the doubters who suggested his £36m price tag was over-inflated by scoring four goals in his first four games with Manchester United - and now he can set his sights on a host of records.

Martial has seen his odds to finish as the Premier League's top scorer trimmed to just 14/1 and he is now second favourite to land that prize behind Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (3/1 favourite).

Yet that may not be the only goal in the mind of 19-year-old Martial as he prepares to add to his reputation when United take on a woeful Sunderland side at Old Trafford on Saturday. 

Martial has until December 5th to break these records and by the time he turns 20, he may well have set a host of new statistics for rising stars of the future to aim for.

FIRST UNITED PLAYER TO SCORE IN HIS OPENING THREE PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES

Louis Saha got off to a fast start in his United career as he fired goals in his first two United game against Southampton and Everton back in 2004 and Martial will be the first to score in his first trio of Premier League appearances if he scores against Sunderland this weekend.

Indeed, no United player has scored in their first three league appearances since Ian Storey-Moore achieved that feat way back in 1972.

Ruud van Nistelrooy (above) is the owner of the record for most consecutive Premier League games, with the ten he scored between March and August 2003 a tough target to match.

BREAKING ROBBIE KEANE'S RECORD

Ireland goal scoring great Robbie Keane (above) holds the record for the most goals scored by a teenager in his first ten Premier League games, with the young Dubliner scoring six times for Coventry in the 1999/2000 season.

Michael Owen is the record holder for most Premier League goals in a season by a teenager, as he hit the target 18 times on two occasions for Liverpool.

OVERTAKING A TEENAGE ROONEY

Martial is well on course to overhaul Wayne Rooney's record as the most prolific teenager to have played for United in the Premier League.

Rooney (above) hit the target 11 times in his debut season at United and that statistic may be comfortably broken by Martial if he stays fit and continues with his current form.

FASTEST START IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE - Micky Quinn

Stocky striker Micky Quinn started the revamped English top division on fire as he scored in the first SIX games of the 1992/93 season. That record still stands as the most impressive scoring run by a player starting out in the Premier League.

For Martial to match that record, he would need to score in away games against Arsenal, Everton and Crystal Palace, as well as the home game against Manchester City. A tough task indeed.

RACE TO JOIN THE 20 GOAL CLUB

Plenty of youthful goal scoring greats have broken the 20 goal barrier in their breakthrough season and Martial will be hoping to join this collection of Premier League greats in the coming months.

Chris Sutton - Age 20 in the 1993-94 season (25 goals)

Andy Cole - Age 22 in the 1993-94 season (28 goals)

Robbie Fowler - Age 19 in the 1994-95 season (25 goals)

Robbie Fowler - Age 20 in the 1995-96 season (28 goals)

Harry Kane - Age 21 in the 2014-15 season (21 goals)