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Anthony Martial’s goal v Newcastle ended up costing Manchester United big money

Manchester United were famed for their dramatic comebacks during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

But since the legendary Scottish manager retired in 2013, those incredible last-ditch comebacks have extremely rare.

United fans had a taste of the old days last weekend, however, against Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils found themselves 2-0 down at half-time following a woeful opening 45-minute display.

But three goals after the break from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez turned the game on its head and earned all three points for the home side.

It was a crucial result for Jose Mourinho, who was expected to be sacked regardless of the result.

But the manner of the victory – and the feel-good factor that it brought to the players, staff and fans – has convinced United’s board to give the under-fire Portuguese coach more time.

While the comeback was largely positive, there was one slight downside for the United hierarchy.

And no, we don’t mean the fact they no longer had a justifiable reason to dismiss Mourinho.

Per the Mirror, it turns out that Martial’s goal actually ended up costing Man Utd a rather eye-watering amount of money.

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The French forward, who scored the equalising goal in the 76th minute, has some big-money clauses in his current contract.

AS Monaco sold Martial to Man Utd in 2015 for an initial £36 million fee – although clauses mean the total cost could be up to £58 million.

One of the clauses was a goal bonus, which had to be triggered before 2019.

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United agreed to pay an additional £7.2 million when Martial scored 25 Premier League goals. The France international netted his 25th league goal against the Magpies, so United were forced to cough up the additional cash.

There are still two more clauses in Martial’s contract which can still be triggered.

The first requires him to make another eight appearances for France, and the other requires him to win the Ballon d’Or.

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