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United confirm Martial deal on a four-year contract

Martial unveiled today at Manchester United. Credit: Manchester United.

Manchester United have announced the signing of forward Anthony Martial from Monaco on a four-year contract.

Louis van Gaal took his total expenditure as Manchester United manager to over a quarter of a billion pounds following the signing of Anthony Martial from Monaco.

United failed in their last-minute bid to offload goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid on Monday night, but there were no late hiccups regarding Martial.

The Old Trafford club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon they had completed a deal to sign the 19-year-old French striker for a fee believed to be worth in excess of £36million.

Martial becomes the 12th signing of Van Gaal's reign. In total, the Dutchman has spent around £261million on new additions since he took over as manager last summer.

The 19-year-old also becomes the most expensive teenager in the history of football, eclipsing the £30million fee Van Gaal paid for Luke Shaw last year.

Monaco, who signed Martial from Lyon two years ago, rate the player highly, but the Ligue 1 club admitted United's offer was simply too good to turn down.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told the club's website: "We wished to keep him this season but Manchester United made an incredible offer that neither Anthony, nor AS Monaco, could refuse."

The forward, who scored 15 goals in 70 appearances for Monaco, has signed a four-year contract, with the option of another year.

Anthony Martial's first club say good luck to United's record breaking teenager

Manchester United have agreed a fee of £36million for the 19-year-old Monaco striker Anthony Martial.

Martial was allowed to leave France's training camp to travel to Carrington for a medical earlier today.

Provided Martial passes those medical tests, he will become the most expensive teenager in football history.

The current most expensive teenager in world football is Luke Shaw, who signed for United for a fee that could rise to just over £30million last summer.

Martial's first club, Olympique Lyonnais, were the first to offer their congratulations.

Martial is a 19-year-old French striker who signed for Monaco from Lyon for just #3.7million two years ago.

The teenager, who can play either on the wing or up front, scored 10 goals in 44 appearances for Monaco last season. He has played three times for the Ligue 1 club so far this term.

United's pursuit of the player came completely out of the blue.

The club had been linked with the likes of Gareth Bale, Thomas Muller, Neymar and Edinson Cavani this summer, but they have decided to invest their money in Martial instead.

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Reaction to De Gea transfer saga

David De Gea Credit: Press Association.

David De Gea's proposed transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid collapsed as time ran out on Monday night.

The necessary paperwork was not lodged before the Spanish league deadline and United are understood to blame their Madrid counterparts.

Confirmation that two of the world's biggest clubs could not settle the deal led to much mirth on Twitter.

Here is a selection of reaction to the deal going belly up:

Spanish newspaper AS: "Now we are hearing that United did send the documents on time but in a format that couldn't be opened at the LFP. Windows 95?"

Footballer-turned-pundit Mark Bright responds to AS: "I mean, you can't make this stuff up....."

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Manchester United look to seal Champions League place

Louis Van Gaal Credit: PA Images

Manchester United are hoping to get back into the Champions League tonight as they face Club Brugge in the second leg of the play offs.

The Reds currently hold a 3-1 advantage thanks to a brace from Memphis Depay and Fellaini's injury-time header at Old Trafford.

“It is a difficult ground, and it is not a simple opponent. I have read in the papers in England that it is simple and it is a walkover, but it isn’t like that. Brugge against Panathinaikos, they won 3-0 [in the previous round]. It is still a game, but because of our third goal we now have more confidence.”

– Louis van Gaal (Manutd.com)

Van Gaal: I trust Ed Woodward

Louis van Gaal insists he has full confidence in Ed Woodward's abilities despite criticism of the Manchester United executive vice-chairman.

Woodward came in for criticism after Barcelona forward Pedro moved to Chelsea, rather than United.

But the United boss maintains he has a good relationship with Woodward and has faith in his ability to bring the best players to Old Trafford.

"I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never," the United boss said in a spiky press conference.

"Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him."

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