Jamie Carragher runs rule over Man United’s ‘gamble’ on Anthony Martial
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the Reds have gambled on £36m signing Anthony Martial
Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United have gambled on French teenager Anthony Martial.
The Red Devils signed the 19-year-old France international in a £36m deal from Ligue 1 side Monaco on transfer deadline day last week.
For the price to be that high, it shows that there must be something there, that Manchester United, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward think it is worth paying
Martial was Van Gaal’s most-expensive signing of the summer after the United manager snapped up seven new players to bolster his Red Devils squad.
While Carragher believes Manchester City got good value for Raheem Sterling in a £49m deal, the Liverpool legend was surprised by the price United paid for Martial.
“It was a signing out of the blue really,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“United missed out on Pedro and Martial is not a household name in this country; he was an up-and-coming player in France.
“He played against Arsenal last season in the Champions League but it’s certainly not a name that resonates in the Premier League, so it was a big shock.
“The price that was paid obviously raised eyebrows but, like with any transfer fee, if any player succeeds and does well he is worth it.”
Carragher continued: “Eyebrows were raised when Raheem Sterling left Liverpool for £49m, but he has started the season well, City look fantastic and, at this moment, it looks like a good buy. The add-ons could take the deal to £50m-£60m, which is a lot of money for a young player.
“For the price to be that high, it shows that there must be something there, that Manchester United, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward think it is worth paying.
“It is certainly a gamble, but he must have great potential.”
Martial could make his United debut against Carragher’s former side Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
The big-money United signing scored a modest 11 goals in 52 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon and Monaco over the past two seasons.
The France international is the most-expensive teenager in European football following his deadline day move to United.