Thierry Henry: Signing Anthony Martial a ‘massive gamble’ for Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has described Manchester United’s £36m outlay on Anthony Martial as a “massive gamble”.

Martial, who was largely unknown to supporters until rumours of his move emerged on Sunday night, is Man United’s third most expensive player in their history and the most expensive teenager of all time.

Many have scrutinised the transfer, believing that such a high fee for an inexperienced 19-year-old places too much pressure on his shoulders.

Henry shares this view and claimed that splashing out so heavily on the youngster is a high risk move by Louis van Gaal.

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“He has pace, can he score a a lot of goals? I actually don’t know because he’s only played 52 games,” said Henry.

“It’s a weird one for me to say. It’s a massive gamble that you need to take nowadays because of the situation Man United have.

“We saw him at the Emirates last season playing with Monaco and causing trouble to the Arsenal defence, he has a bright future. But there’s always a question mark, whether he can perform.”

Experts in France feel a big money move for Martial was inevitable. The striker is heavily rated and it’s likely that if Martial stayed at Monaco for a few more years, his value would have skyrocketed even further.

As it is, United have snuck in early, acquiring a striker who, although relatively unknown today, is destined for worldwide recognition at some point his career.

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Henry is not alone in seeing the striker’s move as a gamble; but one man who certainly disagrees is van Gaal, who, after the player’s signing was announced yesterday, insisted that Martial was a long-term target for the Dutchman, which suggests that this was far from a panic buy but instead a calculated investment.

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