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Anthony Martial says goal against Liverpool was the most important moment of his career

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When a relatively unknown foreign player signs for a Premier League club, it’s imperative they hit the ground running.

It’s even more important when you’re a 19-year-old and you sign for Manchester United for an initial £36 million.

But that was the case for Anthony Martial.

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The Frenchman arrived at Old Trafford as a low-profile teenager from Monaco, with a hefty price-tag heavy on his shoulders.

But Martial introduced himself in perfect fashion - scoring on his debut against Liverpool after coming on as a substitute.

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Martial's comments

"It's my most intense [memory]," Martial told France Football - per Goal.com - when asked about his strike against Liverpool.

"It was my first appearance in front of the [English] public and people didn't know me.

"I felt a lot of emotion when I scored – it's probably the most important moment of my career,” he added.

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League

The goal

Louis van Gaal’s side had led 1-0 on September 12 when Martial was introduced against their arch rivals. A penalty from Ander Herrera put the home side 2-0 up and had seemingly given the Red Devils a comfortable three points. But a magnificent Christian Benteke overhead kick hauled the away side back into the match.

Step forward, Martial.

The debutant slalomed between Nathaniel Clyne and Martin Skrtel before sliding the ball past Simon Mignolet in front of the Stretford End to send the majority of the Theatre of Dreams into delirium.

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League

Decent debut season

While the youngster hasn’t constantly hit this massive high week in, week out, Martial has had a promising opening season in England.

Last weekend, he scored the side’s 1000th Premier League goal at Old Trafford during United’s 1-0 victory over Everton. His strike was also his 13th goal of the season, putting him just one goal behind Wayne Rooney in the club’s goalscoring charts.

Manchester United v Everton - Premier League

Van Gaal's quotes

And his manager sang his praises following the win over the Toffees on Sunday.

"I have already said in many press conferences after matches that Anthony Martial with his age is an exception, because he has also played every match," Van Gaal told reporters, per ESPN.co.uk.

"To play every match then you have to be very strong and consistent because every week I shall compare every player with his competitor.

Manchester United v Stoke City - Premier League

"It is fantastic what he is doing,” he added.

Martial certainly does seem destined for greatness. A 19-year-old that has already received eight caps for France and is playing every match for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

And it’s all thanks to that debut strike against Liverpool.

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