Gary Neville doesn’t want Anthony Martial‘s price tag to affect the expectations around him at the start of his Manchester United career but is confident he is the real deal.
While the exact fee for Martial isn’t known, he is expected to cost a minimum of £36m which will make him the most expensive teenager ever in football, so you could understand if that has an effect on him.
Martial himself has already discussed the pressure of the transfer but insists it’s not something which will affect him and that’s what Neville wants to see.
After all, Martial is only 19 and although his fee will precede his name for lots of people, he’ll still be given plenty of patience by Manchester United fans who have a great track record of supporting players through thick and thin.
The price for Martial is big. However it's not the boys fault and I happen to think he's a very good player. Needs a chance. He's young
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 1, 2015
Memphis Depay is the perfect example of a player who has thrived under the spotlight at Old Trafford.
At 21, he looks born to play for United and laps up the attention in the right way. He isn’t overawed by the occasion and that’s what we’re all hoping Martial will do.
It’s an impossible situation to predict but at 19, Martial has cost more than most established players do at the peak of their game and in many respects, he’s mirrored Wayne Rooney at this stage of his career.
The Evertonian arrived with a huge price tag hanging over his head but instead of it being a burden, he used the added pressure as fuel to drive him on to have one of the best United careers a striker could ask for.
Nobody is saying Martial will go on to do the same as Rooney but that’s what he’ll be aiming for and what everyone, Neville included, will be hoping to see.