Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour thinks that Anthony Martial will become a costly mistake for Manchester United.
Parlour, 42, doesn’t seem to believe that United has invested smartly in the 19-year-old French striker that cost the club an initial fee of £36 million on the transfer deadline day. Martial hasn’t made his debut yet for United, but Parlour already thinks he’s going to be a disappointment.
“Will Martial succeed? I look forward to seeing him play, but I think it’s going to be a miss, because the money they’ve spent is an unbelievable amount,” Parlour told Sky Sports. “For a 19-year-old kid, he’s not proven.
“If he proves to be like a Thierry Henry, which is what a lot of people are saying, then he could obviously be a great signing, but I think it is a massive gamble to take on a 19-year-old kid.
“With the money they’ve put out, I could be totally wrong, but I’m going to say miss on that one.”
Martial scored nine league goals for AS Monaco in the French league last season, and is touted as one of the best forward prospects in Europe. Martial recently made his debut for the French national team, coming in as a substitute for Karim Benzema in a friendly against Portugal.
Parlour played 12 years for Arsenal between 1992 and 2004, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cup titles. He was part of the Arsenal “Invincibles” side in 2003-2004 that went undefeated through league play with 26 wins and 12 draws for 90 points.