Manchester United came away with a convincing 3-1 victory over Liverpool this evening as they pulled away with a strong second half at Old Trafford.
After a scoreless first half, the match opened up with a goal from defender Daley Blind before Ander Herrera extended their advantage from the penalty spot.
United boss Louis van Gaal weighed in on his team’s first half and was pleased despite the slow start.
“We played better in the first half. We had far more control, but we didn’t create much, that is why I changed Memphis – to improve that last pass,” Van Gaal told reporters.
Liverpool striker Christian Benteke made it a contest once again with an acrobatic goal, but United immediately shut the door as 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial made his debut count.
Martial scored six minutes from time to show why the Red Devils were willing to pay £36m for him.
Van Gaal expressed his confidence in the young French striker following his dream debut.
“The penalty was fantastic and then the goal of Anthony Martial, not a bad goal I think. He did alright. He scored a marvelous goal and physically he can play in the Premier League,” Van Gaal added.
Man United are next in action when they travel to Southampton on Sunday, September 20.