Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has claimed it is normal that Wayne Rooney hadn’t heard of him prior to his blockbuster move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.
The former AS Monaco man transferred to United for £36million yesterday to fill the void left by the sale of Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen, and it’s fair to assume that he’ll have a large degree of pressure on his shoulders as a result of his price-tag.
Martial on Rooney
What doesn’t help is his relative anonymity on the world stage. It was revealed yesterday that Morgan Schneiderlin had been asked by Rooney about his compatriot, with the United captain clearly not having done his homework on the man who is now the most expensive teenager of all time.
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However, Martial has quickly responded to the speculation, stating that he doesn’t mind not being a household name yet.
"I don't know if I'm worth the fee," he said, as per the Daily Mirror.
"That's between the two clubs. It's up to me to prove my worth.
"It's normal that Rooney doesn't know who I am. This is my first time with France and I've played a little in Ligue 1."
The unknown entity
Coincidentally it’s how good Martial might become that makes him such an exciting purchase from United. Louis van Gaal clearly believes he’s capable of big things, or why else break records to sign him?
Usually the Dutchman is on point with his estimates regarding young talent too, so United fans can take heart from the fact that they’ve probably signed a striker sure to be a real addition to their squad.
Ironically it’s the aforesaid Rooney that he’ll be looking to strike up a partnership with, with the England international not yet having got himself firing on all cylinders this campaign as Van Gaal’s main striker.
Rooney did bag a hat-trick against Club Brugge during the second-leg of United’s Champions League qualifier, but he’s looked a fairly blunt instrument domestically thus far. Perhaps Martial’s introduction can get him into gear.
United fans, just how good a signing might Martial turn out to be? Let us know in the comments box below.