Scoring against arch-rivals Liverpool on his debut was the flawless way for Anthony Martial to introduce himself to his team mates and Manchester United’s supporters, midfielder Michael Carrick has said. “That would be a good strike force”.
Like many outside France, Van Nistelrooy knew nothing about Martial until United stumped up a huge fee that could rise to £58million to sign the teenager from Monaco.
What a goal the kid scored on his debut and to do it in the biggest game of the all in English football made it something very special.
Van Nistelrooy believes that he offers something that United have been lacking since the departure of Robin van Persie – an out and out striker that is willing to run in behind and stretch defences.
With Wayne Rooney out injured ESPN FC’s Mark Donaldson talks about the possibility of Anthony Martial leading the line in Manchester United’s upcoming Champions League match against PSV.
A goalless first half was followed by a much more determined start to the second when Daley Blind beautifully curled United into the lead from a training ground-inspired set piece and Ander Herrera doubled the advantage from the penalty spot.
I mean, if United can get a draw on Tuesday, they would already have a foot in the last 16 for next spring.
Van Gaal said the players were “quiet” when he addressed them after the win. “There are still always chances there”.
Well, if his impressive – yet albeit brief – performance against Liverpool last time out is to prove something to go by for the rest of the 2015/16 campaign, Louis van Gaal potentially has a top talent on his hands.
With six group-stage matches to play, Van Gaal will likely use Tuesday’s match as a learning experience for his younger stars, and a draw wouldn’t be a bad result at all. “Hopefully I can play there [through the middle] but it’s up to the manager“. I am sure his confidence will be sky high after that.