Martial goal will raise pressure – Carrick

The Frenchman came off the bench to score in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday and the midfielder believes that fans are now eager to see more goals


Manchester United’s Anthony Martial will likely have to deal with elevated expectations after his debut goal against Liverpool on Saturday, according to team-mate Michael Carrick.

Martial, 19, was acquired from Monaco in a deal that could yet be worth £58 million to the Ligue 1 club, and immediately set about vindicating his price tag as he rose from the bench to seal United’s 3-1 win over their bitter rivals.

And midfielder Carrick, who has been at United since 2006, believes that Martial’s individual effort will only serve to increase the pressure on his shoulders, though he maintains that the Frenchman’s confidence will be “sky-high”.

“He is off the mark now. He has announced himself; everyone has seen it on the big stage. It’s a good start for him,” Carrick said.

“It’s a good way to settle him and if that has raised expectation then so be it but that is part of the game. It doesn’t get any better than that does it, coming in and coming on and scoring against Liverpool like that.

“He has done well to get in that position and I thought the finish was terrific, how he just slotted it home, he was so calm and composed and you can’t ask for a better start.

“It’s a lot of money, of course it is. I suppose time will tell, won’t it? But to start like that you can’t really ask for more.”

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