Martial arts too much for Liverpool at Old Trafford
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:
Anthony Martial is the 1st Man Utd player since 1936 to score on his club debut in a League fixture v Liverpool pic.twitter.com/oRiL9QaT9m— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 12, 2015
United show up for every big game under Van Gaal. Our performances against Liverpool and City since he's arrived have been quality.— Republik of Mancunia (@R_o_M) September 12, 2015
The disappointing performance from Liverpool produced a predictable response from Reds fans, as they turned on boss Brendan Rodgers.
Clueless Harmful Apathetic Rudderless Awful Characterless Talentless Empty Promises Rodgers Out of his depth.— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) September 12, 2015
I'm done, first time I've said this but Rodgers out. Same garbage rinsed and repeated. Last season horrific. This season was last chance...— Indigo (@IndigoLFC) September 12, 2015
Sign Danny Ings, a promising young centre forward, play him on the wing #RodgersOut— Spencer Warner (@TheRedTsar) September 12, 2015
Read the verdicts of United legend Paul McGrath and Liverpool great John Aldridge on the big game in tomorrow's Sunday World.