Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is not putting out the bunting for new £36m signing Anthony Martial but admits: “It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Martial scored on his United debut at Old Trafford in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool, with Carrick confessing that he had seen little of the Frenchman before his signing.
“I have to be totally honest, I didn’t know an awful lot, no, like many, but I do now,” said Carrick. “We haven’t seen an awful lot of him.
“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.
“He has announced himself and everyone has seen it on the big stage. It’s a good start for him. I am sure his confidence will be sky high after that. 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’s a lot of money, of course it is. I suppose time will tell. But to start like that you can’t really ask for more.”
Carrick sounded less convincing when asked about United’s options in the absence of the injured Wayne Rooney, with Marouane Fellaini starting as a striker against Liverpool.
“I suppose you can say we have still got options up front to come off the bench and Martial has made such an impact,” he said. “I suppose you can say the future is bright.”