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Martial: Mum helped in Manchester United move

Anthony Martial has revealed that his mother had a role to play in his big money move to Manchester United over the summer

Manchester United certainly splashed the cash on new players over the summer and the transfer which undoubtedly caused the biggest ripple was the acquirement of teenager Anthony Martial from Monaco.

Despite being a relatively unknown quantity in England, United splashed a whopping £36million to secure the services of Martial and many were understandably left questioning the Red Devils’ judgment in paying such a huge amount for an unproven talent.

Amid all the scrutiny surrounding Martial, it has to be said that the 19-year old has made a positive impact at Old Trafford so far and if the striker continues on his good run of form, he could well turn out to be money well spent by United.

Now in recent revelations, it has emerged that Martial’s move to United could potentially have never taken place but for the intervention of the youngster’s mother.

Martial has revealed that Monaco were not ready to sell him at any price this summer but United manager Louis van Gaal was intent on securing his services and after the Dutch manager spoke with the striker’s mother, the deal was pushed through.

The 19-year old said, “The coach wanted me and that’s what made the difference. Originally, I was declared untransferrable. I thought I was staying at Monaco. But when I knew about this offer I didn’t hesitate a second and it was done quickly.

“I really wanted to continue to play in the Champions League. Van Gaal called and spoke to my mother who did the translation. When I arrived in Manchester, [Van Gaal] talked at length with me and told me that it would be difficult to earn my place. He is always behind me and that’s really important for a player my age.”

Following a fine run of three goals in four Premier League appearances, Martial managed to pick up the PFA Player of the month award for United for September and the young striker has already gone on to become a popular figure at Old Trafford.

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