Thierry Henry loves how calm Anthony Martial is

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has been compared to Thierry Henry - and it turns out the Arsenal legend is a pretty big fan of his younger compatriot.

Martial was an unknown quantity outside of France prior to his £36 million move from AS Monaco at the end of the summer transfer window, but he’s now a household name less than two months later thanks to his impressive performances in England.

In ten matches for the Red Devils, Martial has scored five goals. He was also deservedly named as the Premier League’s Player of the Month and the PFA Fan’s Player of the Month for September.


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Henry, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, said the one thing that has impressed him most about Martial is his calmness.

Indeed, little appears to faze the 19-year-old, who possesses a mature head on very young shoulders.

"What I like about him is how calm he is," Henry revealed. "It seems like he isn’t fazed, he doesn’t care what people are talking about, what they are saying, where he is playing, the expectations.

"He came in and scored his goals [as a striker], now [Louis] Van Gaal moves him to the left and does he say anything? No. He plays hard.

"He scored the other day in the Champions League and I thought against Manchester City he was one of their best players.

"I love how calm he is. When he arrives in front of the goal, he is composed like a striker who has been in the game for six, seven years. So, credit to him.

"He is going to have to do that week in, week out and be consistent for 15 years but already he has shown he has quality and what he has been doing in a short space of time is great.

"Although he is fast, the way he dribbles is great, he looks like he always has his head up and he is so calm, which is something I really admire about him."

Anthony Martial can become world class

Not only has Martial impressed for Manchester United in recent weeks, but he’s also caught the eye for France. At this rate, the teenager should be one of the first names on Didier Deschamps’ team-sheet at next summer’s European Championships.

There will inevitably come a moment this season where Martial suffers a dip in form - it happens to all young players - but Manchester United fans know they have a player on their hands with world-class potential.

And if he can be half as successful as Henry, one of the finest footballers of his - or any other - generation, then that initial £36 million will eventually look a real bargain.

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