The 19-year-old’s goal against Liverpool will be immortalised in the history books as one of the most impactful debuts seen by a Man United at Old Trafford, let alone a teenager after so much negative press following his big money move.
Although Carrick knows expectations have now been raised, he is looking forward to seeing how much confidence Martial can continue playing his football with.
“He is off the mark now,” Carrick said.
“He has announced himself, 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 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
“It’s a lot of money, of course it is (United could shell out £58m in add ons eventually to Monaco). I suppose time will tell, won’t it. But to start like that you can’t really ask for more.”
Federico Macheda’s debut goal against Aston Villa as a teenager will be used as a reference point for levelling the excitement around Martial’s but for all their similarities, the Frenchman’s was so different at the same time.
He made the chance, created it through his own drive and finished it with the composure of a veteran finisher in the most testing of circumstances.
Carrick is right that the expectations have been raised by Martial himself but it’s the right sort of problem to have.
Fans are now excited to see whether he can cope with the opposite pressure of expectancy to succeed rather than the black cloak of an expectancy to fail which was placed on his shoulders by the press ahead of his debut.