Anthony Martial had a Manchester United debut to remember.
Coming off the bench, the French teenager wrote his name into Old Trafford folklore, scoring a beauty against Liverpool. It would be the first of two goals against United’s fierce rivals that season.
Signed for £36million (BBC), Martial wasted no time proving he was the real deal. But, despite 76 goals in United colours, the Frenchman has not found the net against Liverpool since that first heady year.
This weekend, United take on their fierce rivals with a three-point advantage. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side win, that lead will double over the reigning champions.
And that is why Martial will be desperate to recreate those debut heroics.
The United forward has only scored two league goals this season (five in all competitions). How he would love to make that three on Sunday.
Red Devils supporters will next forget that mazy run and fantastic finish back in 2016. Now Martial has two bits to repeat that feat.
United face Liverpool in the league and the FA Cup and the Frenchman will not want to go another year without a goal against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
A vital player
Talk has rightly turned to Edinson Cavani ahead of this clash. The Uruguayan is back from suspension and should have got on the scoresheet last time out.
He will not want to miss a big chance this weekend. Yet Cavani’s movement could also allow space for Martial to take advantage.
The 25-year-old should be reaching his peak and his form last season pointed to that.
This time round, Martial has faltered. But he could kickstart his campaign with another goal in a potentially title-defining clash.
He knows how to score against this weekend’s opponents, having done so both domestically and in Europe in 2016. The time has come for him to do that once again.