Most memorable debut

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    Grande Full Member

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    Reasonably, a players debut may often be one of his (or her) most memorable moments, but least memorable to us viewers - among with his final bow, it’s the game furthest away from his peak, after all.

    Yet it seems to me a surprising number of very good players have still had very memorable debuts - or does it just seem that way?

    I remember 18 year old Ronaldo’s fantastic United debut against Bolton. But of course, his own debut was for Sporting of Lisboa. Rooney’s United debut was brilliant, hat trick in the CL against Fenerbahche. But didn’t he score a fabulous matchwinner in his real debut at Everton? No, that was only his second Arsenal encounter, in his first, he had an assist in a 2-2 draw.

    But didn’t Giggsy score a screamer in his debut against our then not so noisy neighbour? No, his first minutes came in march as a substitute in a cup game I didn’t even register.

    My fondest debut memory was that of Paul Scholes. Two goals turning the game around when sending Port Vale out of the league cup. Until it dawned on me that I just read about that in the paper, though I did see his league debut vs Ipswich a week or so later, scoring and impressing me very much in a game we lost 2-3.

    The more recent years, the debuts of Welbeck, Wilson, Januzaj and Rashford have stood out, and if Gomes subtly impressed me as a 16 year old, no debut filled me with more ecstasy than that of Marlon Greenwood in Paris, though he can’t take too much credit for that.

    So what debuts, club debuts or imaginary debuts stirs your nostalgic fibers the best?
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    Macheda. The finest moment of his career. Old Trafford was bouncing that day. Can still remember it vividly.
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    Anybody against us seemed to score.
    But ole and Ronaldo had decent debuts from what I remember.
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    Kag Full Member

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    Rooney’s is the best I can remember. There was something brilliantly inevitable about it all.
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    Fener1907 Full Member

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    Was there for Rooney's debut against some shite Turkish outfit.
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    Dwazza Gunnar Solskjær Lutefisk is it!

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    Rooney and Martial
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    Rashford’s was decent.

    We needed a decent win against Midtjylland.
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    Andersons Dietician Full Member

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    Wayne Rooney champions league hatrick vs Fenerbahche on his debut. Remember him having a ripped collar before the game had even started. Also seem to recall late on he tried to blast the ball off of someone whilst defending but missed and that led to a goal against us.
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    Denis79 Full Member

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    Rooneys debut was fantastic, Macheda had a good one as well.
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    Rooney and Martial
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    I don't think I've ever been more excited about a signing than I was when we signed Rooney, considering he was just 18 and was signed after that tournament in Portugal.

    Watching him tear Fenerbahce to shreds like that was special. It felt like we had a kid who could become the greatest ever. Which I guess we actually did, but he was sat on the bench for the entirety of that particular game.
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    Sunny Jim Full Member

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    Buttner? A goal and an assist for a left back is a not bad result.
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    I remember Ronaldo's debut fondly, but it wasn't really fantastic. He was lively, and like the rest of his first season was very fun to watch, but he was so immature and spent more time doing 20 stepovers than the end product.

    Nothing can beat Martial's though, it edges even wazzas for me.
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    Martial, Greenwood(CL).
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    Cristiano's has to be up there, just in terms of it being memorable. No goals or anything but it was special.

    I really enjoyed Rashford's debut - EL and PL.
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    Think it was october or november 1997, she was one year younger than me...
    I'll never forget, even though it was clumsy and a bit awkward since our dads worked together.
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    Falcao. Just because of chant.
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    lsd Full Member

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    Keane and Yorke's were good debuts both players getting 2 goals
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    Jonathon Woodgate for Real Madrid
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    Wayne Rooney.The young lad was sensational!
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    Was at OT for Rooney's. Fantastic.

    Was also at OT for Forlan's (think he was a sub if I remember right). He tried to blast a shot and missed the ball completely.

    Was also at OT for Rashford's.

    The former and latter have to be up there.
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    Louis Saha's was good. Rooney's has got to be up there, as has Martial's, Rashford's and Macheda's.
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    Rooney by some distance.
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    Cristiano Ronaldo, this kid has balls of steel alright, so gutsy, kept on attack attack attack.

    And then Martial, damn this kid is just too natural in football.
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    As an actual performance I don’t think Rooney against Fenerbache can be topped although as a debut moment Macheda’s was special.
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    Ronaldo’s debut against Bolton was legendary :drool:
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    8 year old me was infatuated with that Ronaldo. I never saw a player “show off” like that before. I miss those rapid stepovers man. Bolton couldn’t handle him.
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    Didn't he score an og, give away a penalty and get injured after about 20 mins or something mad?
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    Anthony Martial's was beautiful.

    As was Rooney's.
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    Rashford scored 2 goals on his debut and that was a good debut.
    Martial scored a crucial goal against Liverpool and that was a good debut
    Macheda scored a crucial title clinching goal against Aston Villa and that was a good debut
    However, Rooney scored a hattrick and more importantly outshined Van Nistelrooy who was probably one of the top 5 strikers in the world at that moment. Rooney came in with a lot of expectations and actually delivered that night. So unequivocally, Rooney takes the cake.
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    Red card and OG
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    Ronaldo, you could tell we were witnessing the beginning of something great.
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    17 year old alot of fans hadn't heard of, scoring a goal that altered the entire complexion of the title race, in stoppage time, then celebrates with his dad in the crowd. That's a roy of the rovers fantasy moment
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    That was the first time I watched United in my whole life, been a stupid loyal fan since.
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    meamth Full Member

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    The best for me is Martial's debut.

    Solo goal against the most hated team in our club's history? :drool:

    I don't think other players can top that for now.