Tuesday 27 September 2016

Five memorable Premier League debuts

Published 12/09/2015 | 20:19

Anthony Martial marked his Manchester United debut with a brilliant goal against Liverpool on Saturday
Anthony Martial marked his Manchester United debut with a brilliant goal against Liverpool on Saturday

Anthony Martial's goalscoring debut for Manchester United against Liverpool deserves to rank among some of the best introductions in Premier League history.

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Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at others who managed to make a more-or-less immediate impression:

FABRIZIO RAVANELLI: Freshly arrived from a Champions League final with Juventus, Fabrizio Ravanelli did not waste any time making his mark on Teesside in 1996. The Italian scored a hat-trick on his debut against Liverpool in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Riverside Stadium.

FEDERICO MACHEDA: The 17-year-old scored a stunning stoppage-time winner to send Manchester United back to the top of the table with a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in 2009, coming off the bench to curl the ball home from outside the penalty area.

SERGIO AGUERO: Aguero marked his Manchester City debut in style with two goals in the 4-0 rout of Swansea in August 2011. A second-half substitute, the Argentinian opened his account from close range before volleying home a superb effort from distance later in the game.

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY: Eager to allay injury fears following his £19million transfer, the Dutchman scored on his Manchester United debut in the Charity Shield against Liverpool, then netted twice more on his Premier League debut in United's 3-2 win over Fulham in August 2001.

DANNY ROSE: Rose won over the Tottenham fans in the best way possible in April 2010, when he marked his top-flight debut by slamming home a thunderous volley - subsequently voted goal of the season by Sky Sports - as Spurs beat neighbours Arsenal 2-1.

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