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After his debut goal, will Anthony Martial be a Manchester United hit or miss?


Anthony Martial's stunning strike in Saturday's 3-1 win over Liverpool made him the 13th Manchester United player to score on his Premier League debut.

The world's most expensive teenager has earned rave reviews for his instant impact at Old Trafford, but will he be a hit like Ruud van Nistelrooy or a miss like Federico Macheda?

From Paul Scholes to James Wilson, we take a look at the previous 12 players to score on their Premier League debuts for United...

PAUL SCHOLES (v Ipswich Town, 24/9/1994)

Retiring after 18 years service to MAN UTD, few expected PAUL SCHOLES to return 6 months later in 2012. He helped them to the PL in his 2nd comeback year.
Image: Paul Scholes went on to achieve legendary status at United

What happened: United were 2-0 down when the fresh-faced teenager replaced Lee Sharpe after 62 minutes at Portman Road. Eric Cantona pulled one back before Scholes tapped home an equaliser from close range. Unfortunately for United, Ipswich won it with a third goal nine minutes from time.

What happened next: Scholes spent the next two decades pulling the strings in United's midfield, making 499 Premier League appearances, scoring 107 goals and winning 11 titles before retiring as one of the great one-club men in 2013.

Verdict: Hit

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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER (v Blackburn, 25/8/1996)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer v Liverpool (2-1, 21/01/1999): The season where Fergie Time became a phenomenon. OGS saved United's FA Cup run in injury time.
Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became an unlikely hero for United

What happened: Solskjaer was a complete unknown when he joined United from Norwegian side Molde in 1996, but he announced his arrival by scoring just six minutes into his debut after coming off the bench in a 2-2 draw against Blackburn.

What happened next: 'The Baby-faced Assassin' became an unlikely hero at United as a super-sub with a habit of scoring late goals. His later years at Old Trafford were dogged by injury but he won six titles and scored 91 Premier League goals in 235 appearances in total before joining the club's coaching staff in 2008.

Verdict: Hit

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY (v Fulham, 19/8/2001)

Ruud van Nistelrooy celebrates scoring his first goal against Charlton Athletic 03/05/2003
Image: Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 95 Premier League goals for United

What happened: After arriving from PSV Eindhoven for what was a British record £19m fee, Van Nistelrooy marked his Premier League debut with two goals in two minutes as United beat Fulham 3-2 at Old Trafford.

What happened next: The Dutchman became one of the deadliest strikers of the Premier League era, scoring 95 goals in 150 appearances before leaving United for Real Madrid in acrimonious circumstances five years later. He retired in 2012 after spells with Hamburg and Malaga.

Verdict: Hit

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Martial's moment

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LOUIS SAHA (v Southampton, 31/1/2004)

Manchester United new signing Louis Saha with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, shows off his new shirt at a press call at Old Trafford, Manchester. The deal was
Image: Louis Saha was plagued by injuries after joining United from Fulham

What happened: The Frenchman scored 18 minutes into his first United appearance - a 3-2 win over the Saints - having joined the club from Fulham in the 2004 January transfer window.

What happened next: Hit the ground running with seven goals in his first 10 starts, but his time at Old Trafford was plagued by injuries. Twenty-eight goals in 86 Premier League appearances was a decent return, but there was also a sense of what might have been when he left for Everton in 2008.

Verdict: Hit

GABRIEL HEINZE (v Bolton Wanderers, 11/9/2004)

GABRIEL HEINZE TO LIVERPOOL: Manchester United defender Heinze took his attempt to sign for Liverpool to the Premier League after United blocked the move.
Image: Gabriel Heinze was United's player of the year in his first season at Old Trafford

What happened: The Argentina defender scored what would turn out to be the only Premier League goal of his United career when he made his bow in a 2-2 draw with Bolton following his arrival from PSG in 2004.

What happened next: Heinze was named United's player of the year at the end of his first year, but he lost his place to Patrice Evra as injuries wrecked his 2005/06 season. Made 22 league appearances in their triumphant 2006/07 campaign. Angered fans by pushing for a move to Liverpool before joining Real Madrid, but served United well on the pitch.

Verdict: Hit

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GIUSEPPE ROSSI (v Sunderland, 15/10/2005)

Giuseppe Rossi left after growing frustrated by a lack of playing opportunities
Image: Giuseppe Rossi eventually left after growing frustrated by a lack of playing opportunities

What happened: The American-born Italian striker scored United's final goal after coming on for Ruud van Nistelrooy in a 3-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

What happened next: Had loan spells at Newcastle and Parma before leaving United permanently in 2007. He proved his goalscoring quality at Villarreal and current club Fiorentina, but a series of knee ligament injuries have hampered his career. Recently returned to action after a 16-month spell out.

Verdict: Miss

CHRIS EAGLES (v Everton, 28/4/2007)

Chris Eagles only made a handful of appearances for United and is now without a club
Image: Chris Eagles only made a handful of appearances for United and is now without a club

What happened: After replacing Ole Gunar Solskjaer in the 86th minute at Goodison Park, Eagles scored in stoppage time to wrap up a 4-2 win for United as they took a five-point lead at the top of the table.

What happened next: The winger only made five further Premier League appearances for the Red Devils before departing for Burnley in July 2008. The 29-year-old is currently without a club after spells with Bolton, Blackpool and Charlton.

Verdict: Miss

DANNY WELBECK (v Stoke City, 15/11/2008)

Danny Welbeck: Old Trafford winner was his eight goal for Arsenal
Image: Danny Welbeck applauds United fans after returning to Old Trafford with Arsenal

What happened: The local lad and academy graduate came off the bench and unleashed a stunning 30-yard strike against the Potters at Old Trafford. His goal was United's fourth of the game and they went on to win 5-0.

What happened next: Having struggled to nail down a first-team place in his favoured striking role at United, Welbeck departed for Arsenal on the final day of the summer transfer window last year. Scored for the Gunners on his return to Old Trafford last season but currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Verdict: Miss

FEDERICO MACHEDA (v Aston Villa, 5/4/2009)

Federico Macheda v Aston Villa (3-2, 05/04/09): In serious danger of losing  PL title race to Liverpool, the Italian rescued Utd with a dramatic debut goal
Image: Federico Macheda's debut goal against Aston Villa helped United no their way to the title

What happened: His smart turn and stunning last-minute finish handed United a vital 3-2 win over Villa at Old Trafford in 2009. The famous goal helped United on their way to the title.

What happened next: Never became anything more than a bit-part player and left the club permanently for Cardiff City in 2014 after a series of loan spells with the likes of Sampdoria, QPR, Doncaster and Birmingham.

Verdict: Miss

ALEXANDER BUTTNER (v Wigan Athletic, 15/9/2012)

Image: Alexander Buttner left United for Dynamo Moscow last year

What happened: The Dutch full-back was named man of the match as he grabbed a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win at home to Wigan Athletic after joining the club from Vitesse in the summer of 2012.

What happened next: Made a total of just 13 Premier League appearances in his two seasons at Old Trafford. Left the club for Dynamo Moscow in June 2014 citing a lack of playing opportunities and a rift with manager Louis van Gaal.

Verdict: Miss

NICK POWELL (v Wigan Athletic, 15/9/2012)

Image: Nick Powell has not yet lived up to expectations at Old Trafford

What happened: Buttner was not the only debutant to find the net in that 4-0 win over Wigan. Powell had arrived from Crewe Alexandra that summer, and he scored United's fourth after replacing Ryan Giggs in the 71st minute.

What happened next: Things have not gone to plan for Powell, who has struggled with injuries and underwhelming loan spells. He is currently recovering from injury, but the 21-year-old faces a tough task to force his way into the first-team picture at Old Trafford.

Verdict: Still has time to prove himself.

JAMES WILSON (v Hull City, 6/5/2014)

James Wilson is expected to be involved for Manchester United U21s
Image: James Wilson is expected to be sent on loan to a Championship club

What happened: Wilson was handed his first start by interim boss Ryan Giggs in the final home game of the 2013/14 campaign, and he responded with a well-taken brace to hand the Red Devils three points against Hull.

What happened next: Made 17 appearances and scored twice in the 2014/15 campaign as Louis van Gaal kept him in the first team picture, but the 19-year-old now looks set for a loan move with a host of Championship clubs vying for his signature.

Verdict: Still has time to prove himself.

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