Twitter Reacts as Manchester United Seal Deal for Anthony Martial

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2015

Monaco's French forward Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring a penalty during the French L1 football match between Monaco and Toulouse on May 3, 2015 at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

After missing out on a host of world class names over the summer, Manchester United have apparently found a world-class player whom everyone has heard of and seen in which to invest their considerable funds—Anthony Martial. According to the latest reports at the time of writing from the BBC, the 19-year-old will be putting pen to paper imminently for a fee of £36 million:

When news of the record-breaking move for the precocious Frenchman first broke, it transpired that most folks on Twitter had absolutely no idea who he was: 

The natural instinct of the modern football fan is to find a YouTube highlights reel of an unknown player, but this resource gave mixed results:

However, some footage of Martial did go viral. Evidently, his celebration game is on point, even if it isn't always used appropriately:

In another testament to the increasingly digital relationship to football, it seemed that most English speaking fans who actually had heard of the 19-year-old had only done so via the medium of computer games:

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One United fan did manage to turn Martial's relative anonymity within the beautiful game into a terrific Arsenal burn:

As the deal neared completion and the player was spotted at Carrington getting ready to cough for the doctor, the jokes and memes flowed:

Some Manchester United fans were very pleased by the big-money deal, but it seemed that most were not too content:

Supporters of other clubs and several football pundits also expressed their reservations:

With the transfer window slamming shut on Tuesday evening, a certain phrase crept up again and again in relation to the deal:

Monaco, meanwhile, may have decimated their team, but the cash flow looks to be extremely healthy in the principality right now:

So, we already have the "BBC" and "MSN," and thanks to United's dealings there's now a chance that a new acronym will enter the lexicon:

If that isn't worth £36 million, then we don't know what is.