Didier Deschamps: Why Anthony Martial deal is less risky for Man United
France manager Didier Deschamps runs rule over Manchester United signing Anthony Martial
Didier Deschamps has defended Manchester United’s decision to sign Anthony Martial.
Manchester United completed the £36m signing of the France international on transfer deadline day as Martial became the club’s third most-expensive signing.
He will be on another planet, in another galaxy! It’s up to him to continue his development and gain some time on the pitch
The Red Devils raised eyebrows with their willingness to pay such a big fee for an inexperienced French teenager, who has scored just 11 goals in Ligue 1.
But France manager Deschamps, who called up Martial to his most-recent Les Bleus squad, explained why he believes United have completed a good bit of business.
“He is a player with a huge potential – he’s just been called up by France! Everything has moved very fast for him since he left Lyon,” Deschamps told United’s website.
“Today’s transfer fees can be massive, but it’s less risky to invest in a young player than an older one.
“He’s signing for a massive club. He will be on another planet, in another galaxy! It’s up to him to continue his development and gain some time on the pitch.”
Martial was Louis van Gaal’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window after the Dutchman snapped up Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sergio Romero and Matteo Darmian.
The former Lyon and Monaco striker is set to wear the number nine shirt after it was vacated by Colombia flop Radamel Falcao earlier this summer.
The Red Devils have won three of their opening four Premier League games.