LvG: Martial fee was ridiculous

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that the club paid "a ridiculous amount of money" to acquire the signature of Anthony Martial from Monaco.

The Red Devils forked out an initial £36 million to land the 19-year-old forward on transfer deadline day in a deal that could potentially rise to £58.8m.

The staggering transfer fee was questioned by many as Martial is largely untested at the highest level, having managed just 52 league appearances for former clubs Lyon and Monaco.

Speaking at a function in Manchester for executive United season ticket-holders, Van Gaal acknowledged that the France international cost too much but accepted it is part and parcel of modern football.

The Dutchman also claimed that the 20-time English champions were quoted "£10m more" for transfer targets than their counterparts.

"I have not bought Martial for me – I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United," Van Gaal said, as quoted by The Times.

"It was a ridiculous amount of money, but it's the crazy world we are in."