Why Ferguson would have balked at Martial's Manchester United transfer fee

The Manchester United managerial legend was critical of the sums paid for Lucas Moura and Eden Hazard and may have opted against the AS Monaco star.

Manchester United may not have paid the eye watering £36 million shelled out for AS Monaco forward Anthony Martial, had Sir Alex Ferguson still been in charge at Old Trafford.

The fee represents the most substantial ever seen for a teenager in the history of the game and comes despite the fact the 19-year-old managed just nine goals in 35 appearances for the Principality club last term.

But question marks remain as to whether Ferguson would have forged ahead with the same deal given the fees involved and Martial's age.

This assertion comes after previous quotes from the Scot resurfaced online in the wake of these fresh transfer developments.

Back in August 2012, for instance, Ferguson spoke out against Paris Saint-Germain after the French club beat Manchester United to the signing of Lucas Moura.

"I find it quite amazing that a club can pay €45 million for a 19-year-old boy," he said in a series of timely quotes first published by ESPN.

"When somebody's paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy you have to say the game's gone mad."

But Ferguson's assessment of the Moura deal is only the tip of the iceberg.

When Chelsea signed Eden Hazard from Lille earlier that same summer in a deal worth £34 million, the Manchester United manager was also up in arms about the fees involved.

"I see some values on players, like Hazard for instance. To me it was a lot of money. He's a good player, but £34m?” he asked in quotes republished by Sky Sports.

"The climate for buying these top players ... is just getting ridiculous now.”

The comments certainly paint a vivid picture of what life would be like at Old Trafford, had Ferguson remained at the helm of the club.

The Scot has yet to comment on Manchester United's summer transfer dealings though, following a busy couple of months during which the Red Devils have spent big on several major new acquisitions.

Whether Martial can live up to his price tag remains to be seen but we do not see Ferguson holding his breath on this one any time soon.

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