LVG hails Martial and revels in Liverpool record

Date published: Sunday 13th September 2015 9:48

Louis van Gaal: Congratulates Anthony Martial after debut goal for Manchester United

Louis van Gaal hailed Anthony Martial and revelled in his 100% record against Liverpool as Manchester United boss on Saturday evening.

United beat Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford courtesy of a Daley Blind strike, Ander Herrera penalty and fine solo goal from substitute Anthony Martial on his debut.

It maintained Van Gaal’s 100% record as United boss against the Merseysiders.

“For me, Liverpool is a fantastic club. Because I have won every game against Liverpool,” the Dutchman said.

Van Gaal reserved praise after Martial after his debut goal but warned against getting carried away after his impressive cameo.

Van Gaal told BBC Sport: “He made a very good impression in the first three days, that’s why I selected him on the bench.

“When you make a goal like Anthony you cannot wish for more, I think.

“A lot of players have made a debut and scored with me so it’s a good signal.

“We scouted him and we wanted him because he’s the best in his age, but he needs time and three days is too short to judge his personality.”

Van Gaal also saw enough from Martial during his 25-minute appearance to declare the 19-year-old is already ready for the physical demands of the Premier League.

“The goal of Anthony was not a bad goal, I think,” Van Gaal added, speaking to Sky Sports.

“It was also a match for him because Liverpool had to come as we were ahead. He had a lot of space, so it was easier to bring him on.

“But he did alright – he scored a marvellous goal, and I’ve also seen that physically he can play in the Premier League.”

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