Louis van Gaal: Not a bad goal from Anthony Marital I think! Manchester United coach delighted after impressive win over Liverpool

Martial scored an excellent goal in his first game since £36m move

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Louis van Gaal was clearly delighted with the debut of new striker Anthony Martial, who scored a memorable goal as Manchester United beat Liverpool.

The £36million transfer for the teenager was met with confusion and laughter on deadline day, with few knowing much about the teenager or his talents.

On as a substitute at Old Trafford, the 19-year-old scored a stunning solo goal, weaving around Martin Skrtel before applying a fine finish as United beat their rivals 3-1.

Following the win, Van Gaal claimed Martial had not only shown his skill on the ball, but had also proven himself capable of handling the Premier League's physicality.

The Dutchman said on Sky Sports 1: "The goal of Anthony, not a bad goal I think!

"It was also a match for him now. He has a lot of space so it was more easy to bring him. But he did it alright. He scored a marvellous goal and I have seen also, physically, he can play in the Premier League."

Martial scored a stunning solo goal

Van Gaal also insisted his substitutions made sure of more effort towards the killer final ball, adding: "We didn't create too much - two chances and a lot of possibilities, but the last pass was not so good. That's why I changed Memphis to improve that last pass, also Mata.

"The first goal is what decides the match. After that they have to come and we get more space and could score. Because of that also the second goal (happened). Very good running behind of Ander Herrera, fantastic pass of Michael Carrick - I was very proud. Also the way he shoot the penalty was fantastic."

Addtional reporting from PA