Though Anthony Martial made waves with his big money move to Old Trafford earlier this season, the Frenchman has had a mixed season with Manchester United since his arrival. He recently opened up about the comparisons to Thierry Henry that have dogged him since he first set foot in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old Frenchman had a dream debut for Manchester United, scoring against arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. It has been a hit and miss season since then though, with the forward scoring 8 goals in 29 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions so far.
His positioning and style of play, cutting into goal from the left wing, has left many fans comparing him to Thierry Henry. Henry also played for AS Monaco before moving to Arsenal, notching up 174 goals in his Premier League career. However, Martial has dismissed such comparisons to his compatriot.
“Since we came from the same town and share the same beginnings in the game, I’ve been compared to him a lot,” said Martial, according to The Express. “Although I don’t really think we are very much alike when playing, it’s always nice to be compared to a great player and I hope one day to try to attain the levels he achieved.”
Evra had some good advice, so does Fellaini
Martial also said that his national teammate and former United left back Patrice Evra had a lot of good things to say about the club. Evra lived in the same town as him and would tell him that Manchester United were a ‘club of champions’, something he has started feeling after his move to Old Trafford.
Evra is a much revered figure at Old Trafford, but a not-so-revered figure at the club also had some advice for him. Former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been giving his younger team-mate some suggestions on good places to eat. Fans can only hope Fellaini doesn’t offer any footballing advice that would see Martial emulate the Belgian’s on-field form.