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Eliaquim Mangala: New Manchester United signing Anthony Martial must focus on his football

by Robbie Dunne

Anthony Martial‘s French teammate Eliaquim Mangala believes that the new Manchester United singing must focus solely on his football following his blockbuster move to the Premier League.

Martial became the most expensive teenager in world football when he signed for Man United on the final day of the transfer window for a fee believed to be £36m.

The deal came as a huge surprise that caught even journalists close to Old Trafford off guard.

Mangala believes Martial must focus on what he is doing on the pitch to continue his development.

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“I do not think that the amount of the transfer would be a problem. Obviously no one will look at him [Martial] the same way anymore. Manchester United paid a lot of money for him,” Mangala said.

“Let’s see how he and people around him like the club or his family, deals with it, that’s important. He must focus only on his football. It is what will be asked anyway. Everything else is inherent to the football world. Currently we can see some big amount within the transfer market. If we make a comparison with what we used to spend in the past, we realize it could go too far.

“In my opinion no-one is worth £50m, £80m or £100m. It is a part of the business of football.

“It is up to him to do well on the pitch. The first season can be tough; Premier League is a tough one. Totally different and very difficult. I hope he will be well received.”


Any player coming to United will draw attention but when you are the subject of a deadline day deal for such a vast amount of money, at the age of 19, the pressure can be immeasurable.

United must assure that Martial is in the right fame of mind and has settled into his surroundings before he features in a red shirt. The international break is a good chance for Martial to get his head around the move and talk to Morgan Schneiderlin and other French players who currently work in the Premier League. It’s all about development from here and Martial must put himself in the best position to continue to get better with United.

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