Martial arts too much for Liverpool at Old Trafford

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Martial marked his Man Utd in some style
Martial marked his Man Utd in some style

The football world was a little confused by Manchester United's eagerness to hand over £36m to sign French teenager Anthony Martial on transfer deadline day - but he gave a glimpse of the future as he scored a sparkling goal on his Old Trafford debut.

Liverpool were edging back into a tight game after second half goals from Daley Blind and Ander Herrera fired United into pole position, but that was before Martial had his magic moment to seal a 3-1 victory for Louis van Gaal's side.

Racing in from the touchline and dancing through the Liverpool defence in a manner that was akin to Henry in his prime, a classy finish from the 19-year-old send Old Trafford in raptures.

"The goal of Anthony was not a bad goal, I think," Van Gaal told Sky Sports with a smile. "It was a match for him because Liverpool had to come at us and he had a lot of space.

"It was easier to bring him on at that stage, but he scored a marvellous goal. He did well and physically he is ready to play in the Premier League."

Here is how Twitter reacted to a game that is always one of the most watched in every Premier League season:

The disappointing performance from Liverpool produced a predictable response from Reds fans, as they turned on boss Brendan Rodgers.

Read the verdicts of United legend Paul McGrath and Liverpool great John Aldridge on the big game in tomorrow's Sunday World.