Belfast Telegraph

Five memorable Premier League debuts

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

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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