Anthony Martial has a long way to go if he is to prove good value for Manchester United, who could end up forking out £58million after their summer agreement with AS Monaco.
The deal took the footballing world by complete surprise and made Martial the most expensive teenager in the history of the game. It also left many questioning whether the Red Devils have more money than sense.
But the 19-year-old has already shown why Louis van Gaal rates him so highly. Scoring five goals in all competitions so far, the France international is already a regular in the starting line-up and is sure to be missed when the team travel to Watford tomorrow afternoon – he's out with a foot injury.
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And Martial himself knows he has made a good first impression, especially after scoring 20 minutes into his debut, which also happened to be his first game against United's biggest rivals Liverpool.
Martial was given a baptism of fire after replacing Juan Mata in the 65th minute back in September. He had barely made an impact on the game and may have been fearing the worst when Liverpool striker Christian Benteke pulled a goal back with a sensational effort, making it 2-1.
Watch the interview here:
But just two minutes later, Martial would pick up the ball on the flank before making mincemeat of Nathaniel Clyne and Martin Skrtel before finishing his very own wonder. It was the best goal of his career so far, as he readily admitted in a recent interview.
"I think the greatest goal I’ve ever scored is the one against Liverpool," Martial told the Mail. "It was amazing for me and it really made my name in the Manchester team."
Relive his debut:
If his early days as a Manchester United player are anything to go by, Martial is certain to score a number of better goals than the one that day. But, unfortunately, he won't get to add to his tally anytime soon after he was seen leaving France's recent game against England on crutches.
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