Louis van Gaal has admitted that the £36 million rising to £58mManchester United paid Monaco for Anthony Martial is indefensible.
Speaking at an hour-long fan event in Manchester on Wednesday night, Van Gaal agreed that the projected fee paid for the 19-year-old Frenchman was “a ridiculous amount of money”, in quotes reported by The Times.
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The Dutch manager added that the money involved merely reflected the “crazy world we are in” – but added that he had bought the player with a long-term view in mind.
“I have not bought Martial for me, I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United,” he said.
And that successor, insisted Van Gaal, will be Ryan Giggs – adding to the 900 fans in attendance that there are “no ifs or buts” about Giggs’s appointment.
The Manchester United manager added that he does not expect United to win the title this season, but he does believe that they will finish second or third while simultaneously mounting serious challenges to win all three cup competitions, thus “leaving him with one campaign to give supporters a title before he retires,”according to the Manchester Evening News’s reporter.
Before that, however, the focus is on the weekend’s match against Liverpool – a game that Van Gaal insisted that his side will definitely win.
Van Gaal also hit back at the criticism he has received from the likes of Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.
“It makes me sick because they should know that it takes time,” he said.