Van Gaal admits Martial fee was ‘ridiculous’

Matt Stead

Louis van Gaal has admitted Manchester United paid a “ridiculous amount of money” for Anthony Martial, but the French striker is a signing for “the next manager” – Ryan Giggs.

Speaking alongside Giggs at an event in Manchester for executive United season ticket-holders, Van Gaal was quoted by The Times as saying: “I have not bought Martial for me – I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United.”

He added of Giggs: “I feel I am introducing the next manager of Manchester United.”

Van Gaal said of the Martial fee: “It was a ridiculous amount of money, but it’s the crazy world we are in.”

The Dutchman also claimed the Red Devils were quoted “#10million more” for a player than other clubs.

He also rejected criticism of United’s recent style of football and results from former players, including Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, saying: “It makes me sick because they should know that it takes time.”

Meanwhile, United said they did not wish to comment on a separate report in The Times that senior players have raised concerns with Van Gaal that his training methods were stifling their creativity.