Coming on as a 65th minute substitute for Juan Mata, it only took 21 minutes for the 19 year old Frenchman to score his first Manchester United goal.
Anthony Martial’s goal showcased the raw talent that the wunderkind possesses.
Martial’s goal was no ordinary last minute poke in at the back post. It was a fantastic dribble from the youngster, to mug off the Liverpool defence and then the finish was sublime.
He was given the ball by fellow substitute Ashley Young, on the overlap, he then juked Martin Škrtel, swept past a couple more Liverpool defenders then slotted the ball past a flailing Simon Mingolet.
It certainly wasn’t the debut that the press was expecting, given that he was labelled a “waste of money” before he’d even taken to a Premier League pitch.
Not only was Martial United’s first player to make his debut against Liverpool, since 1936, but he was also the first Red Devil ever to score, and win, on his debut against the Merseyside Reds.
The Frenchman’s new team mates, and manager, were ecstatic with the debutant, on and off the field:
Daley Blind – “I am very happy for him, of course. He’s the new guy and I think the team’s very happy for him to score his first goal. What a goal it was!”
Ashley Young – “We’re leaving it up to Morgan Schneiderlin to be the translator but, if he talks like that on the pitch, that’s all we need.”
Ander Herrera – “I think he is a player who has some qualities that the rest, we haven’t got.”
Great win for us today. Delighted for @AnthonyMartial on his 1st goal. Hopefully 1st of many for us
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) September 12, 2015
Louis van Gaal – “He scored a marvellous goal and I can see that, physically, he can play in the Premier League. He has the pace to dribble. His finishing was fantastic. Many players have scored with me on their debut [for other clubs] so it’s a good sign.”
Anthony Martial continued to show his professionalism, and appreciation to the fans, via a thank you on Twitter:
Manchester United have a true superstar in the making.