Louis van Gaal backed Anthony Martial to shine at Manchester United after the world’s most expensive teenager exploded onto the Premier League stage with a superb debut goal in yesterday’s 3-1 win against Liverpool.
“We have scouted him and we wanted him because he’s the best in his age”, Van Gaal said.
Martial was on the bench after training only twice with his new team-mates following the worldwide break, during which he made his global debut for the French senior national team.
The 19-year-old has barely had time to settle into his surroundings.
“But he scored a fantastic goal”.
“I’m really happy for him”, Blind told MUTV.
Starting the game up top yesterday as a striker was Marouane Fellaini who despite being a versatile customer isn’t a solution Red Devils fans want to be relying on too much this season.
Van Gaal had been criticised for agreeing a fee of up to £58million for the 19-year-old, but with one match of his United career gone, he has already written his name into Old Trafford folklore.
He will be glad to get his first goal out of the way after seeing a lot of criticism from many quarters over his big money move from AS Monaco.
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“Sometimes they come off, sometimes they don’t so it was nice to see it go in”, he added.
After going 1-0 down to Blind’s curler, the Reds gifted United a second when Joe Gomez hacked Ander Herrera down in the box and he drove the resultant penalty into the roof of the net. He could start today against Liverpool! Rodgers admits things will have to change fast to get the team back on track.
United are likely to include goalkeeper David de Gea for the first time this season after the Spaniard signed a new contract this week following the collapse of his proposed transfer to Real Madrid. In the first half, they played on the counter-attack with ten men behind the ball.
Martial came on in the 65′ and scored in the 86′; putting the game out of reach for Liverpool.
Speaking to an invited audience of about 1,000 for 40 minutes at Lancashire’s Old Trafford cricket ground, Van Gaal said he “feels” Giggs will be his successor.