Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has insisted that new Man United striker Anthony Martial is worth the gamble for the club.
United spent £36m to sign the 19-year-old from Monaco ahead of the transfer deadline last week, and that fee certainly raised eyebrows.
Given that Martial has only made just over 50 appearances for Monaco, he has yet to prove that he deserves that valuation with Louis Van Gaal even conceding that the fee is “ridiculous”.
Nevertheless, Carragher believes that the youngster is obviously talented and it was worth it for United to take the gamble and see how he progresses.
“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,” he wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“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.”
United will hope that their new signing can make an immediate impact when they take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.