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Louis Saha expects Anthony Martial to surprise defenders

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Louis Saha believes Manchester United's new star Anthony Martial will leave defenders in the Premier League surprised with his speed and power this season.

The 19-year-old became the most expensive teenager in the history of football of the final day of this summer's transfer window, leaving a vast number of fans and pundits surprised.

While Martial's potential had been recognised in many corners throughout Europe, few are convinced that the £36million Manchester United agreed to pay will prove value for money.

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The striker only made his full international debut for France last week and his scoring record for AS Monaco–12 goals in 48 appearances last season–did not fall in line with players of similar value.

However, Saha, who played for both the Red Devils and the French national team during an impressive career, believes Martial will bring qualities to the United line-up that are currently in short supply.

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"In France we call him the next Thierry Henry because he can play left or right and he's got a great ability with the ball"

The surprise factor

"He's got that speed, that power, he's got that youth in him so he'll surprise a lot of defenders because they don't know him," Saha said, according to Sky Sports.

"It's a great asset for Manchester United and that's what they needed because up front they lack speed sometimes.

"In France we call him the next Thierry Henry because he can play left or right and he's got a great ability with the ball.

"He can take on three, four players with ease, there is no problem. At the same time, the new generation have no fear.

"He's got such an ability that he can win trophies for Manchester United I believe that, but I don't want to put too much pressure on him."

Baptism of fire

When Martial returns from international duty later this week he will enter a cauldron of intense scrutiny, created by a mix of his staggering transfer fee and the high standards expected from a Manchester United player.

Not only that, but his debut could come against United's most loathed rivals, Liverpool, this coming Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers and his band of Merseyside men will travel to Old Trafford and will look to avenge the 3-0 defeat inflicted on them in the same fixture last year.

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