Like many outside France, Van Nistelrooy knew nothing about Martial until United stumped up a huge fee that could rise to £58 million to sign the teenager from Monaco.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes that his team have been dominant over all their opponents so far, but their dominance has not been translated into positive results.
However, United wonderkid Anthony Martial added a third for the home side within two minutes to ensure Liverpool left empty handed.
“On the other side is it really realistic to expect that from him?”
“He looks like the out-and-out striker that is needed”.
“The fans shall see a Manchester United who fight for their chances and we have to show on the pitch if we are able to win matches at the highest level in my opinion”, says the Dutchman. Although Martin Skrtel’s ill-fated attempts to stop the 19-year-old were characteristically shaky from a Liverpool perspective, Martial’s seeming ability to set a strong first impression will be keenly felt around the rest of the global footballing community. It hardly bodes well when players are brought through the door by a manager who then discards or marginalises them.
That’s why today we’re humouring our Manchester United punters while listening to the five reasons they’ve come up with how Anthony Martial can win the Ballon d’Or in his time with the Red Devils.
Asked whether he will celebrate if he scored a goal against his former club – a frequent question in recent weeks – Depay said: “I’ll celebrate”.
However, the pressure on the youngster would be great as he is expected to compete with the United skipper Wayne Rooney for a place in the starting eleven and was given the number nine shirt as well.