Ray Parlour defends Anthony Martial flop call, says Manchester United fans hammer him

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has defended his statement suggesting Manchester United's Anthony Martial will be a flop.

Ray Parlour has defended his prediction Anthony Martial would flop in the Premier League, and admitted the Frenchman has proved him wrong.

The former Arsenal midfielder had told Sky Sports the forward would not live up to his price tag, as reported The Mail.

He had said: "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 has already equalled the four goals scored by former Monaco teammate Radamel Falcao for United last season, and is a candidate for the Premier League's player of the month award for September.

Parlour admits he has been getting plenty of stick from Manchester United fans as a result of Martial's hot start, which began with a debut goal against rivals Liverpool.

He told The Sun: "I've been getting hammered by United fans because I said it’s a lot of money to spend on a young kid but he’s proved everyone wrong.

“He looks like a very good talent and could be a major force for United and could give them the opportunity to win the league.”

One month will not define Anthony Martial either way, but it does show that the Frenchman has the temperament to adapt to a new style of football, and the physical traits to deal with it.

At 19, we are not even looking at a player peaking, but just a young player in the raw stages of early development. That brings fearlessness, and the motivation of being written off as a flop before he had even kicked a ball for the club could have pushed him on.

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