Anthony Martial aiming to emulate Thierry Henry

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Manchester United's new striking sensation Anthony Martial has played down comparisons with France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry but does hope to emulate him.

The 19-year-old was flung into the limelight this summer after United agreed to pay a staggering £36million to sign him from AS Monaco. Depending on performance-related clauses, that fee could eventually rise to £58m.

While pundits have been quick to criticise Ed Woodward over the transfer, Martial has started life in the Premier League better than many could have hoped for. He has grabbed four goals in his first seven games for the club and is already Louis van Gaal's first-choice striker.


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With rapid pace, a French background and a lethal coolness in front of goal, comparisons between Martial and striking legend Henry have been quick to emerge.

Should Martial become anything like Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer, his mammoth transfer fee will certainly be seen as a worthy price to pay. However, Martial has moved to dismiss the comparison, admitting he still has a long way to go to match Henry.

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Speaking to French TV channel BFM, he said: “Thierry Henry? I know this is a very great player who is a legend in England. I have everything left to prove.

"By continuing to work, I will try to reach his level. But at the moment, I'm still far from it."

"He has proved his critics wrong with his performances and with the goals he managed to score"

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Martial failed to score against Arsenal on Sunday, but arguably posed the biggest threat to Arsene Wenger's men. His performances have convinced France manager Didier Deschamps, who called him up to the national squad for games against Armenia and Denmark.

"He has proved his critics wrong with his performances and with the goals he managed to score," Deschamps told reporters.

"He still has steps to take in his development. It changed his world moving to Manchester United this summer."

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