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Ray Parlour: 'Anthony Martial will flop at Manchester United'

Manchester United will lose their £36m gamble on 19-year-old French striker Anthony Martial, according to Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.

Former Arsenal winger Ray Parlour has claimed that Manchester United's big-money "gamble" on young France striker Anthony Martial will backfire.

Martial, 19, became the world's most expensive teenager on deadline day when the Red Devils splashed out £36m - which could rise to £58m - to sign him from AS Monaco.

Comparisons between the Gunners' all-time record goalscorer Thierry Henry have been made, with Louis Saha certain that both players share similar qualities, but Parlour believes that the youngster will fail.

"Will Martial succeed? 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," Parlour told Sky Sports News.

"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.

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

Martial could make his debut in Saturday's visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford.


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Anthony Martial of Monaco looks on during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Valencia CF and AS Monaco at Mestalla Stadium on August 19, 2015
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