When Anthony Martial signed for Manchester United from Monaco for £35m last summer, the fans couldn’t understand why the club had spent so much money on a player the hadn’t heard of before. However, the 20-year-old has gone on to be one of the few positives for United this season.

Monaco’s vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, has revealed that he wasn’t keen on allowing Martial to leave, but then player told him the United moved was his childhood dream.

If I was hesitant to sell Martial? Yes, because I imagined that the 2015-16 season would be his. That’s why we had extended his contract in July. Other transfers were more or less expected, not that one. There was the money, but also the fact that Anthony had said, ‘Mr. Vasilyev this is my childhood dream’. If we kill this dream, you can also lose the boy for several months. He sent me his first autographed jersey and thanked me for giving him this chance.