Shortly after Martial scored his dream debut goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, Drogba wrote on Twitter: “Hummmm @AnthonyMartial welcome to the @premierleague 👌🏾”
The 37-year-old’s message of support was clearly appreciated by Martial, who retweeted Drogba’s words onto his own timeline for his 168,000 followers to see.
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Martial’s Manchester United career could not have got off to a better start, following his high-profile £36 million transfer from AS Monaco at the end of the summer transfer window.
Louis van Gaal sent on the 19-year-old with 25 minutes left to play, in place of Juan Mata, and the recently-capped France international scored an impressive solo goal - which has subsequently ramped up the comparisons with Thierry Henry.
Martial expected to start v PSV
Martial is still raw and has an awfully long way to go before the Henry comparisons are justified, but Manchester United’s decision to spend so much money on the teenager - potentially £58 million, depending on future add-ons - is already beginning to look justified.
The Frenchman is set to be handed another chance to shine this week, when Manchester United take on PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night, but Van Gaal has warned fans and the media alike not to expect too much too soon from the youngster.
Will Anthony Martial develop into the next Thierry Henry at Manchester United - or is he more likely to become the next Federico Macheda instead? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!