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Ray Parlour believes Anthony Martial will flop at Manchester United

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Anthony Martial will flop at Manchester United following his £36 million summer transfer from AS Monaco.

United took everyone by surprise by shelling out an extraordinary amount of money on the raw but talented young striker, 19, who has only scored 15 professional career goals to date.

There’s no doubt that Manchester United have taken a risk by signing the teenager, who has also been handed the number nine shirt at Old Trafford, and Parlour expects the move to backfire on the Red Devils.

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"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,” the ex-England international was quoted as saying by 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.

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"With the money they've put out, I could be totally wrong but I'm going to say miss on that one."

Martial is lightning quick

Few people in England were aware of Martial prior to the end of last month, when reports emerged from nowhere claiming Manchester United were on the brink of signing the recently-capped France international for a huge fee.

The pacy youngster did, however, feature in both legs of Monaco’s Champions League Round of 16 tie against Arsenal last season.

Martial showcased his talent and potential with one particularly impressive run at the Emirates Stadium, in which he outsprinted Hector Bellerin, who is reportedly the fastest player at Arsenal.

United boss Louis van Gaal is likely to name Martial amongst the substitutes for the Red Devils’ crunch Premier League clash against Liverpool this weekend, but the striker could make his debut at some point during the match.

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