01/09/2015 17:15, Report by Communications Department
MANCHESTER UNITED SIGN ANTHONY MARTIAL FROM MONACO
Manchester United is delighted to announce that Anthony Martial has completed his transfer from AS Monaco. Anthony joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
Martial, 19, has made 70 appearances for AS Monaco since joining in 2013 and has scored 15 goals. The forward has represented his country from Under-16 level right through to Under-21, and was called up to France's senior national squad for the first time on 28 August.
Anthony Martial said: "I am so excited to be joining Manchester United. I have enjoyed my time at AS Monaco and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me.
"I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and to join the biggest club in the world is what every young footballer dreams of. I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and working with Louis van Gaal who has achieved so much in his career."
Louis van Gaal commented: "Anthony is a naturally talented, young, multi-functional forward with great potential. We have been watching him for a while now and he has developed immensely during his time at AS Monaco.
"I am delighted he has joined Manchester United as I believe this is the right club for him to continue his development as a young player. He has all the attributes to become a top football player; however we need to give him time to adjust to his new environment and the rhythm of the Premier League."
PROFILE OF NEW MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER ANTHONY MARTIAL
Manchester United completed the transfer of Anthony Martial from Monaco on deadline day and, here, we provide a detailed assessment of his exciting career to date...
A forward who is often compared to Premier League legend Thierry Henry, another former Monaco man, Anthony Martial is widely regarded as one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe.
The 19-year-old was initially preparing for France's international friendly with Portugal before flying to Manchester to join the Reds, his third club in professional football. His first was CO Les Ulis, where Henry and former Old Trafford favourite Patrice Evra both started their illustrious careers.
At the age of 14, Martial joined Lyon and became a regular for the France Under-16s, scoring nine goals in 17 games. More strikes followed for the Under-17s (nine in 13 games) and Under-18s (three in four games) as his reputation continued to soar at international level. Domestically, he also plundered over 30 goals for Lyon's Under-17s as it became difficult to contain the hype surrounding his promise.
Although he broke into the Lyon team in 2012/13, making four appearances, more experienced strikers such as Lisandro Lopez, Alexandre Lacazette and Bafetimbi Gomis, who scored the winner for Swansea City against United in August, naturally barred the way to the starting XI. However, Martial's excellent potential was so obvious Monaco paid €5million for his signature in a transfer that rocked French football.
The attackers competing for a starting place included Radamel Falcao and Anthony managed 11 league appearances, scoring twice as the team finished runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. Falcao’s loan switch to Old Trafford at the beginning of 2014/15 enabled Martial to take over the mantle as the main striker and he responded with nine goals, while also only missing three league fixtures all season. Monaco llater finished third and even reached the Champions League quarter-finals.
Although Martial did not score in Europe, he did set up a goal for former Reds striker Dimitar Berbatov and impressed against United's Premier League rivals Arsenal in the competition's second round. The performance at the Emirates Stadium was one of his finest as the Gunners suffered a shock 3-1 defeat.
Martial is already off the mark for 2015/16 after netting against Young Boys in the Champions League qualifiers, though it was Monaco’s exit from the competition at the hands of Valencia that reportedly opened the door to broker a deal for a player who had only signed a new contract in early July.
He is capable of playing as a right-sided attacker and his youth-team pedigree suggests he will become more prolific in front of goal as he matures. A fan of Brazilians including Ronaldo and Sonny Anderson as a schoolboy, he has elements of South American flair in his game and should prove popular with fans.
No matter what you think of this kid we all need to get behind him now - if we don't we are simply letting the enemy win. But if we all support him and show him what a great club he is at maybe, just maybe, he will do the impossible and go down in club legend right alongside Best, Charlton, Giggs and Scholes... as the man who dislodged Rooney from the starting XI
"Cohle Island knows no King but the King in the North, whose name is Cantona."
Its a panic buy. You don't spend that money on a player people have barely heard of. The people in the know in French football thing he has real potential but they can't understand the transfer fee. Welbeck had pace and power but he couldn't finish and his movement wasn't great.
Scouting the kid for over a year doesn't translate as being a 'panic buy'.
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