Manchester United Striker Anthony Martial was again in the headlines yesterday by insisting that his new team are capable of winning both the Premier League and Champions League and secure a double.
It is wishful thinking that United can win the Champions League this year, especially after not being involved in Europe at all last season, but after an impressive start to the season, it could well be worth an outside bet.
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The Red Devils finished seventh in 2014 and fourth last season and this time around are currently in third place, two points behind leaders Manchester City, while they have lost one and won one of their two Champions League group-stage games this term. They have twice done a Premier League and the Champions League double, in 1999 when the won the treble, and 2008, both under Sir Alex Ferguson, but Martial aims to make it a hat trick.
Martial told reporters: “I think we can win the Premier League and the Champions League this season. Both of them. We are among the top five clubs.”
The France international became the most expensive teenager in the history of football when United paid Monaco an initial £36 million, which could rise to £58 million, for him at the end of the summer transfer window. He began his Old Trafford career with a goal after 21 minutes of his debut in the 3-1 win over Liverpool and said his fee has not affected him.
Martial said about life since joining United: “It is going well so far. I have had a great welcome from the fans. I don’t think about my price on the pitch. The goal against Liverpool, the big enemy of the club, allowed the fans to get to know me a bit better.”
If his impressive first few performances at United are anything to go by then Anthony Martial has a big future at Old Trafford and also in Football with his reputation destined to rise after each impressive performance. At just 19 years of age, his value of just £1.72 on Football INDEX looks like it could be a shrewd long-term investment.