Manchester United were uninterested in the opportunity to secure the services of Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli ahead of the Brazilian’s switch to the Noth London club.
Martinelli, who joined the Gunners from Brazilian outfits Ituano for a fee of £6m, has managed to found back of the net four times in three games for the North London club, including a brace during Thursday’s 4-0 victory over Standard Liege.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, stuttered to a goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar in Holland, casting further questions over the depth and quality of the Red Devils attacking options.
Speaking to ESPN, Brazilian wonderkid has comfirmed that he even had trials at Old Trafford over two years, however, the club opted against signing him.
“From 2015 to 2017, I went to train there [at United] four times for around 15 days at a time,” he said.
“I asked to take pictures for [Patrice] Evra, [Marouane] Fellaini and others. [Paul] Pogba knew I was Brazilian and asked if everything was OK and where I played. We took a picture together.”
The 20-times English champions came in for heavy criticism for their form against AZ, with the team failing to register a single shot on target for the first time in their Europa League history.
Many have questioned the team’s decision to dispense with and fail to replace attacking pair Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku as both made a switch to Inter Milan on the late stage of the summer transfer window.