Louis van Gaal branded the fee Manchester United paid for Anthony Martial as "ridiculous" before the 19-year-old had even played a game for his new team.
The Red Devils agreed an initial fee of £36million to sign Martial from AS Monaco, instantly making him history's most expensive teenage footballer. If he meets certain criteria, the France international will eventually cost them £58.8m.
It is fair to say that Van Gaal is not the only one who thinks the fee is ridiculous, but Sir Alex Ferguson is not one of them.
Manchester United's former manager launched his new book, 'Leading', at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday evening and was kind enough to take questions at the end.
There were plenty of topics addressed, ranging from Cristiano Ronaldo's obsession with the mirror to Jose Mourinho's fiery press conference at the weekend. But it didn't take long for the conversation to turn to Martial with the United legend asked whether he agreed with Van Gaal's assessment. He doesn't.
When asked if the fee was ridiculous, Ferguson responded: "Not at the moment it's not!"
Hit the ground running
Ferguson was obviously referring to Martial's incredible start to life at Old Trafford. The striker has scored three goals in his first two Premier League games with one coming against the club's loathed rivals Liverpool.
His two goals against Southampton at the weekend sealed the three points in a 3-1 win and left many Fantasy Football enthusiasts flocking to bring him into their squads. While the transfer fee is still up for debate, the transfer's efficacy, so far, is most certainly not.
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