Anthony Martial could not have dreamed of a better start to his Manchester United career. A delicious debut goal against Liverpool saw him generating more searches on Google than Ronaldo, who broke Raul’s La Liga goal record on the same day. He is quickly becoming a fan favourite and making a mockery of all who questioned his headline-grabbing transfer fee.
Martial exudes calmness and composure in front of goal, which is something we’ve missed since Van Persie was at his best, and his immediate impact has even taken Van Gaal by surprise.
It’s still incredibly early days for the 19-year-old, but already he is United’s top scorer in the league, with the best goal conversion rate of anyone in the EPL, averaging a goal every 38 minutes. He’s also only the third Man Utd player to score in his first two league games for the club (the other 2 were Saha and Macheda, so perhaps that’s not the most significant stat – hopefully he doesn’t share Saha’s glass-like brittleness and surely he has a far brighter future than Macheda).
It’s vital that we don’t overburden Martial, however, but we also don’t want to impede his momentum either. With James Wilson in great form for the U-21s as usual, Van Gaal has a tough decision tomorrow against Ipswich, but it’s exactly the kind of dilemma he will want.