Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria are Manchester United teammates now, but the former has revealed how he previously tried to convince his fellow South American to follow him to France.
Colombian international Falcao joined the Red Devils on loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day, just a year after joining the Ligue 1 runners-up in a big-money transfer from Atletico Madrid.
Di Maria, meanwhile, left Real Madrid for Old Trafford this summer following a projected transfer saga that followed the La Liga giants' decision to acquire the services of World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez following his sensational performances in Brazil.
Compatriots Rodriguez and Falcao played together for a single season at Monaco but they could have been joined by Di Maria if the striker's latest quotes are to be believed.
"He’s a key player, compliments are short in order to describe him," the 29-year-old told Fox Sports in an interview that was brought to our attention by the Manchester Evening News.
"When I was at Monaco I tried to get him (Di Maria) to join me there."
Such a move never transpired, of course, and Di Maria went on to play a starring role for Real as they finally ended their long wait for that elusive 10th European title with an extra-time victory against cross-city rivals Atletico in Lisbon back in May.
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Di Maria start
Di Maria - who was brought to Manchester United for a British record fee of £59.7 million last month - has enjoyed an impressive start to life at OId Trafford, following up his solid debut against Burnley with a Man of the Match display in the 4-0 romp of Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
The Argentine - who sadly missed out on a place in his country's starting XI for the World Cup final against Germany due to injury - scored the opener for Louis van Gaal's side and was a pivotal performer as Manchester United claimed their first win of the new campaign.
While Di Maria played a key role in proceedings from the start against Harry Redknapp's woeful Rangers, Falcao had to make do with a substitute's cameo after replacing Juan Mata 20 minutes from time.
After two games against newly-promoted opposition, Manchester United complete the set on Sunday with a trip to the East Midlands to face last season's Championship winners Leicester City.