With just days left in last summer's transfer window, AS Monaco teenager Anthony Martial was given the chance of a lifetime when, out of the blue, Manchester United came calling.
Moving from the Ligue 1 outfit to one of the world's biggest clubs should have been a no-brainer for the then 19-year-old youngster, but he has now revealed that he asked for some words of advice from a former Red Devil before agreeing to the switch.
That former player was none other than Patrice Evra, who maintains a reputation as one of the best left-backs to ever grace the Old Trafford turf. Luckily, the veteran France international had nothing but nice things to say about his former club, which ultimately helped make Martial's decision.
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Martial told Inside United Magazine: "Patrice Evra told me it was a 'club of champions', a club that above all else wants to win, and certainly since I arrived here I've felt that for myself too.
"He lives in the same town as me in France and has only ever had good things to say to me about the club. He talks about us all the time and he's told me that he spent his very best years as a player here so I reckon he is still very attached to this club."
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Martial raised plenty of eyebrows when he turned up for the staggering fee of £36m with the potential to eventually cost the 13-time Premier League champions £58m. Arriving with almost no reputation amongst English football fans, United were ridiculed for their outlandish spending.
But few people are laughing now. Martial has since proved himself to be one of Europe's premier talents and is almost certainly destined for great things if he continues on his current trajectory. He has six goals and three assists across all competitions, an impressive total considering United's poor goal return this season.
Indeed, Louis van Gaal's side have drawn plenty of criticism for their inability to score goals and look set to drop out of the top four for the second time in three seasons as a result. They are currently four points behind Manchester City and face a tough task to close the gap.
However, United retain one of the biggest fanbases in the game and Martial appreciates that he is now playing for one of the world's premiere clubs.
"Now I'm actually here, I can totally appreciate that it's one of the biggest, and probably is the biggest club in the world," he added.
"I just want to perform really well here and make the supporters proud."
"When my agent told me that Manchester United wanted to sign me it was a truly exceptional moment and I did not hesitate for one second. I did not have as much pressure on me at Monaco because there are not so many fans who follow the game there. But here the stadium is always full so it's really fantastic."
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