Anthony Martial has been one of Manchester United’s brightest rays on hope in what has been a poor season as compared to their usual standards.
Martial moved to Manchester United from AS Monaco for a potential €80m in the summer of 2015. Upon his arrival in England, the youngster was labelled as a ‘panic buy,’ with many well-known newspapers describing his transfer as a complete “waste of money”.
However, on his United debut against arch-rivals Liverpool, he scored a Henry-esque goal to seal a 3-1 victory, thereby shutting his critics up, and the young Frenchman has continued to do so consistently ever since.
But, despite United’s readiness to pay substantial amounts of money for Martial’s signature, his former club Monaco were still hesitant to sell their promising youth prospect, Monaco’s vice-president has revealed.
In fact, what actually made the French club sell the 20-year-old was a plea from Martial himself, who stated that it has always been his dream to play at the Theatre of Dreams.
Speaking to Le Journal du Dimanche, vice-president Vadm Vasilyev said: “Yes [I hesitated], because I thought 2015-16 would be his year. That’s why we extended his contract in July. The other transfers were more or less planned, but not that one.
“The numbers were convincing, but also the fact Anthony told me: ‘Mr Vasilyev, it’s my childhood dream’. If you kill that dream, you can also lose the player (mentally) for a few months. He signed his first shirt and sent it to me, thanking me for having given him this chance.”
And since that dazzling debut against Liverpool, Martial has not looked back. The 2015 Golden Boy Award winner has scored 7 goals and bagged 3 assists in the Premier League this season, and looks set to be the Red Devils’ main man in the upcoming seasons.