They both played for Monaco before coming to the Premier League, started their England adventures on the left with the view of becoming a striker and were born in France, but Anthony Martial doesn’t think he’s that similar to Thierry Henry.
On the day Manchester United signed Martial last summer, reports claimed the club had signed the next Henry. It’s not just their Monaco history or nationality that ties the two together - Martial is rapid, just like the Arsenal legend was in his playing days.
Even his team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin made the comparison after United announced his signing.
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However, the 20-year-old just doesn’t see the likeness.
Speaking to MUTV - and reported by the Daily Mirror - the youngster said: “Since we came from the same town and share the same beginning in the game, I’ve been compared to him a lot.
“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.”
World's most expensive teenager
Martial was speaking for a show about his start to life at the Red Devils called Martial: The Story So Far.
He became the world’s most expensive teenager when United signed him from Monaco for £36 million - potentially rising to £58m - as a 19-year-old in the summer transfer window.
He has been a bright spark for Louis van Gaal’s team, scoring nine goals in all competitions for the club while operating mostly from the left flank.
Martial and Rooney combination
Martial and Wayne Rooney have scored 20 goals combined this season and the France international admitted playing alongside the United captain is aiding his development.
He added: “It’s always nice, it allows me to keep improving and also to feel more relaxed when playing alongside him.
“When you see someone like Rooney, you feel that bit more confident.”
Rooney also joined United as a teenager for an inflated fee. Sir Alex Ferguson signed an 18-year-old Rooney for £27m in 2004 and, 12 years on, the striker is six goals short of breaking Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record for the prestigious club.
He may not see himself as the next Henry, but Martial would certainly love to follow in Rooney’s footsteps.
Will Martial go on the enjoy the success of Henry and Rooney? Have your say in the comments section below!
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