It has been revealed Manchester United didn’t just ignorantly splash £58m on Monaco’s 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial to bring him to Old Trafford this summer.

But rather, they have had Martial, who made his France senior national team debut on Friday night in the Euro 2016 qualifiers match against Portugal in Lisbon, watched for the past 12 months by club scouts including United assistant manager Ryan Giggs according to the Manchester Evening news.

Strong interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City led to Louis van Gaal’s side making their big money move for Martial.


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