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We paid crazy cash for Martial, admits United boss LVG

By Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted the total projected fee of £58m for new signing Anthony Martial is "ridiculous".

United paid Monaco an initial £36m for the 19-year-old striker, with the possibility of another £22m in add-ons, depending on how Martial performs at Old Trafford. Van Gaal recognised the sum was excessive for a player Monaco signed for £3.5m from Lyons in 2013, and who has scored only 11 goals in senior league football.

"It was a ridiculous amount, but it's the crazy world we are in," Van Gaal said. "United are routinely quoted £10m more for a player but I have not bought Martial for me. I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United."

Van Gaal made clear the man he was talking about was his assistant, Ryan Giggs.

Luke Shaw has made his support clear for his new team-mate, given his own experience of arriving at Old Trafford as a markedly expensive teenager.

"I know he (Martial) might find it a bit tough with everything that's going on with social media," Shaw said. "We have great people at the club. We will all welcome him very well. Hopefully, we can help him and he will learn a lot from players like Wayne Rooney."

Shaw was enthusiastic about what Martial could bring. "I saw him (for Monaco) against Arsenal in the Champions League," Shaw said. "He played on the wing, he looks like he has got that pace and ability we might need."

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