Man United were forced to pay over the odds for striker Anthony Martial

Manchester United were reportedly forced to pay way over the odds to sign Monaco striker Anthony Martial in order to make sure they beat their European rivals to his signature, according to the Daily Express.

The Express claims that United are all too aware that the £36million fee they coughed up for the Monaco starlet – which according to reports in France claim could rise to £58million with add-ons – is too high for a teenager.

However, senior figures at Old Trafford have highlighted the danger from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in competition for his signature.

It is believed that United, who had been scouting the 19-year-old last season, wanted to wait another year before making their move, but interest from elsewhere meant that they had to act fast.

But despite the price, United boss Louis van Gaal is confident that they will be able to make a world class player of him to highlight why they paid so much for him.

“Anthony is a naturally talented, young, multi-functional forward with great potential. He has all the attributes to become a top football player, but we need to give him time to adjust to his new environment,” Van Gaal said.

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