Martial: My debut goal is still my most important
For Anthony Martial, Manchester United against Liverpool will always be a standout fixture, because this was where he burst onto the scene as a Red back in September 2015.
During an in-depth interview that will appear in Saturday's editin of United Review, the Frenchman explains the memory remains at the forefront of his mind.
“That was a very big game, both for me and the team. I think it’s my most important goal so far. It’s the goal that really announced my arrival and the goal that gave me that strength to be able to establish myself at United from the word go.”
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“I’ve had a decent season up to now, but it’s all about me now keeping that going and trying to do even better,“ Anthony admits in the matchday programme. ”I think that I did well in January and February. I’ve featured slightly less recently but I still feel really good in myself and I’m ready for action.”
“In France, we always knew that United against Liverpool was a big derby game,“ he says. ”United v Liverpool is really the game where there is that extra edge and that extra tension and usually lots of goals too.”
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“Liverpool are in great form right now, they’ve got excellent forwards who are really in the goals. But what we have to do is keep a close eye on them and to then play our own game, because we can cause problems for any team.
“Without a doubt, a win would be big for us. And what’s more, we’re at Old Trafford so all our fans will be driving us on, so if we can win, it will be a nice celebration.”
Pure theatre! United Review's historical cover marks the 200th episode of our longstanding rivalry with Liverpool.
THE STORY BEHIND THE COVER
United Review editor Paul Davies
“How do you mark the 200th game against our biggest rivals? That was the question we posed ourselves at United Review in the weeks leading up to this milestone meeting of England’s most successful clubs. A number of ideas were thrown around (and thrown out!) before deciding upon this one, chosen as we wanted something reflecting the longevity of this most notable of fixtures.
“It is 124 years since United and Liverpool first met in competitive action, in a ‘Test Match’ at Ewood Park – a relegation/promotion play-off for a place in the next season’s First Division. As such, our cover is a throwback to the Victorian era theatre posters that were so common on the streets of England’s big cities at that time, with numerous sizes and styles of lettering crammed on to the page.
“Sir Bobby Charlton described Old Trafford as the Theatre of Dreams, so where better for this 200th instalment of this long-running drama that is played out in the north-west of England but watched by hundreds of millions around the world. It’s different, and won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we feel it gives a due nod to the humble beginnings of one of the game’s fiercest, enduring rivalries.”
Read the full interview with Anthony Martial in Saturday'sUnited Review, available from Old Trafford and online via ManUtd.com/programme.