When United made a move for Monaco’s teenaged winger-come-striker Anthony Martial, the Frenchman jumped at the opportunity to join one of the world’s biggest clubs.
But with the 19-year-old not be able to speak fluent English, it was his mother who sealed the deal with Louis van Gaal.
Since the move, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come out and said he tried to bring Martial to North London, but his club rendered him “untransferable”, a notion that the striker has seconded.
“The coach wanted me and that’s what made the difference,” said Martial.
“Originally, I was declared untransferrable. I thought I was staying at Monaco. But when I knew about this offer I didn’t hesitate a second and it was done quickly.
“I really wanted to continue to play in the Champions League. Van Gaal called and spoke to my mother who did the translation.
“When I arrived in Manchester, Van Gaal talked at length with me and told me that it would be difficult to earn my place. He is always behind me and that’s really important for a player my age.”
Martial has become a cult-hero amongst the Old Trafford faithful, with his composure and nonchalance being similar to that of Dimitar Berbatov, and more notably, Thierry Henry.
France’s national coach Didier Deschamps has agreed with van Gaal’s comments when he spoke of the youngster as quiet and level-headed, unlikely to be effected by the hype.
Despite the fact he is yet to learn English, Martial already knew fellow summer-signing Morgan Schneiderlin, who has acted as his interpreter at the club.
Martial scored 13 minutes in to his Reds debut against bitter rivals Liverpool, in front of the Stretford End which has seen many youngsters perform to the highest of their ability.
“I was amazed at the welcome I got at Manchester United,” he said. “Everyone came to see me on the first day.
“They all wanted to speak with me, even if it was difficult because of the language barrier.
“It’s going well for me right now. I’ve been involved in the games and scored some goals. To continue like this it’s important to show Louis van Gaal that he can rely on me.
“I knew that I was going to be the second striker. I had this chance to score quickly against Liverpool and after that he gave me my chance.”
Martial has been a feature in the first squad since his debut goal, starting up front in every game since with Captain Wayne Rooney occupying a deeper role behind him.