Revealed: Man City and Chelsea’s failed attempt to steal ace Man Utd star …

The French international joined Manchester United for a staggering 36m on Deadline Day and has been tipped for stardom by a host of international legends. However, his youth team coach at CO Les Ulis, Aziz Benaaddane, has revealed Martial could well have been wearing blue instead of red after being monitored by Manchester City as a boy. In an exclusive interview with 1, Benaaddane explained: “The big clubs have been keeping an eye on Anthony for years.

Big clubs like Chelsea, PSG, City, Valencia all wanted to sign him

Youth team coach, Aziz Benaaddane

“When he was 11 he went to City for a visit.

They took him on a stadium tour.

“Big clubs like Chelsea, PSG, City, Valencia all wanted to sign him.

“But it was decided when he was 14 that Lyon was the best club because of their academy.

Despite being 19 he has a mental age of 30.”

Martial could make his debut for the Red Devils when rivals Liverpool visit Old Trafford on September 12 and, if selected by Van Gaal, all eyes will be on the precocious talents of the teenager.


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