8 Manchester United teenagers who scored on their club debut
Manchester United have a history of grooming young promising players into superstars and the best example anyone can give is that of Cristiano Ronaldo. United also have a history of spending heavily on teenage sensations and they’ve broken the record for highest transfer fee paid for a teenager on three separate occasions – when they signed Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.United is one club which is known for promoting young players instead of heavily relying on imported first team players. Interestingly many of the teenagers who played for Man Utd were also able to score on their club debuts and then there are also others like Danny Welbeck who scored on his Premier League debut for the club or Mame Biram Diouf who scored on his home debut for the club. But none of that matches the feeling of scoring on the club debut as a starter or even as a substitute. So here are eight players who scored on their club debut for Manchester United when they were teenagers. After all, is there a better impression than the first one? Note: This is not an exhaustive list.
#1 Anthony Martial
On transfer deadline day in the summer of 2015, Manchester United shocked the football world by making a sensation swoop for Monaco’s 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial.
It was not the move, but the fees that United paid for the player that made the headlines as the footballing giants spent £36m which could rise up to £58m in the future.
With all the buzz surrounding one of the biggest moves in the history of the game, Martial had a point to prove on his debut. If he could leave a first impression like no other then he would have done enough to close the mouth of many who questioned his abilities.
The Frenchman’s debut for United came against arch-rivals Liverpool on 12 September 2015 in a Premier League game. He came on as a substitute for Juan Mata in the 65th minute with the score 2-0 in favour of Man Utd.
In the 84th minute of the game, Christian Benteke scored an unbelievable goal to give Liverpool a chance to get something from the game. But, Anthony Martial had other things in mind.
Seconds after the goal from Benteke, Martial received the ball down the left wing from Ashley Young, dribbled past Skrtel and Clyne with an exquisite touch to fool the former and his very next touch was a brilliant finish past Mignolet in goal.
The calmness and composure Martial showed to score that goal was reminiscent of a certain Theirry Henry. With that goal against Liverpool of all teams, Martial announced his arrival at the theatre of dreams.