Anthony Martial must expect substitute role against Liverpool

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There's no doubt about it, new Manchester United signing Anthony Martial will be desperate to prove his credentials at Old Trafford sooner rather than later. 

And, with the Red Devils playing host to rivals Liverpool on Saturday, the talented 19-year-old could well make his debut for the club in one of the biggest games of the season. 

In what has been a quite incredible couple of weeks for the teenager, his rollercoaster ride has only just begun. The hard work starts now. 


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Perhaps, then, after Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the season against Swansea City before the international break, Saturday's showdown with Liverpool is the perfect opportunity for Louis van Gaal to throw in his new signing. Think again. 

Martial may well have cost Manchester United an absolute bomb, but there's no way he will start from the off on Saturday. Van Gaal isn't exactly one to take risks, so don't expect one against United's greatest rivals. 

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And, in truth, it would be the smart decision to hand Martial a role from the bench. Perhaps, if United are in need of a goal in the final 20 minutes or so, the youngster will get his opportunity to shine, and may well prove a late spark for the Red Devils. 

Van Gaal is seemingly well aware that it's going to take some time for Martial to prove himself in Manchester. The Dutchman's recent comments indicate just that. As reported by Sky Sports, speaking to an audience of executive United season ticket holders at Lancashire County Cricket ground, Van Gaal said: "It was a ridiculous amount of money, but it's the crazy world we are in.

"United are routinely quoted £10m more for a player but I have not bought Martial for me. I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United."


Ultimately, then, Martial is going to be given time to settle to life at Old Trafford. Of course, his incredible price-tag is going to stay with him, but the Manchester United hierarchy won't take much notice of that just yet. 

Let's be honest, Martial starting on the bench on Saturday could prove a sign of things to come. It may well take the versatile forward a couple of years to really make his mark in Manchester. One thing's for sure, patience is needed with the Red Devils' latest signing. 

In contrast to the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, who entered the frame as superstars, Martial won't be expected to deliver right from the off - and that's why he has to be named as a substitute on Saturday. 

There's certainly a chance the United faithful will be left a little disappointed against Liverpool, but they will be hoping that it has nothing to do with the scoreline. Martial's time will come. 

Manchester United fans: Should Martial start against Liverpool? Have your say below! 

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