Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that he made an attempt to sign Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman signed for Man United on transfer deadline day to become the most expensive teenager in football history and he has got off to a flying start at Old Trafford.
Having scored four goals in his first four games, Martial has put in some eye catching displays for the Reds.
The youngster was somewhat of an unknown quantity when he signed for United but Martinez admitted that he had been keeping tabs on the striker for some time.
When asked if he made a move for Martial, Martinez said: “Yes, we did [try to sign him],”
“We followed Martial when he moved to Monaco, at that time he couldn’t get any playing time, he was with the U21s for France.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed that he thought Martial was more of the ‘winger type,’ something Martinez alluded to as well.
He continued: “I must admit we never had that profile of a No.9. He was always a wide player and that was the player we were trying to get on loan. We had a little bit of an opportunity but it never materialised.”
United fans are delighted that Martial is now playing in the famous red shirt rather than for their opponents on Saturday. His start to life at the club has been nothing short of breathtaking and he is quickly turning into one of United’s most important players.
Martial and his teammates will be focused on the game against Everton, as they try to regain some momentum following the 3-0 loss to Arsenal before the international break. A win is crucial as they look to stay within touching distance of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.