In what was one of the biggest transfer deals of the summer on deadline day yesterday, Manchester United shocked the watching world by splashing out an incredible £36 million on Monaco’s soon to be capped French international Anthony Martial.
Just 19-years-old, Martial traded Lyon for Monaco for just five million euros back in 2013 but fast forward two years and he’s just become the most expensive teenager in the world, ever.
Having only played just 49 times for the Ligue 1 club in the French top flight so far in his career, there is no getting away from the fact that the signing of Martial is something of a gamble but considering how highly he’s been rated and the fact he’s been likened to Thierry Henry, perhaps he can indeed live up to the hype while eventually proving a sound signing.
The real problem for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal this summer was the fact that truly world class forwards were either unavailable or already snapped up by other clubs in the shape and form of the likes of Karim Benzema and Jackson Martinez respectively.
While Arsene Wenger infuriated his club’s fanbase by refusing to buy any outfield player this summer, Louis van Gaal bit the bullet and paid an incredibly inflated fee for someone who is relatively unproven but at least the Red Devils have been adventurous.
Only time will tell whether this gamble will pay off but with Anthony Martial now on board, just where will he fit in the Red Devils’ best eleven.
We think this is how he’ll slot into Louis van Gaal’s plans.
Click on the image below to reveal what we believe to be the best starting XI Man United can field under LVG next season.