Louis van Gaal has praised Anthony Martial in the aftermath of Manchester United‘’s 3-1 triumph over Liverpool. Did the French forward do enough against the Reds to suggest that he can repay his hefty transfer fee?
The Red Devils continued their fine recent form against their fierce local rivals with a convincing victory in front of their own fans at Old Trafford on Saturday.
While United’s team was full of excellent performers—particularly impressive in light of Wayne Rooney’s absence through injury—new signing Anthony Martial stole the show.
Following goals from Ander Herrera and Daley Blind, Martial made a late cameo, and rounded off the triumph with a superb late goal.
The effort was an immediate response to those who have claimed that United have overpaid for the young striker. Martial was acquired for £36 million, although the fee may yet rise to £58 million due to add-ons.
Naturally, the forward was accompanied to the club with major expectations, but didn’t have too much pedigree to show for United’s outlay.
In light of this, van Gaal will surely be delighted at his forward’s instant impact.
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Indeed, the Dutch coach has intimated as such, speaking after the match, as per the Mirror.
“The goal of Anthony Martial, not a bad goal I think,” he began.
“He did alright. He scored a marvellous goal and physically he can play in the Premier League.”