Anthony Martial compared to Jamie Vardy by Andy Cole

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has been compared to Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. 

Former Red Devils forward Andy Cole has insisted that Martial - a summer signing from AS Monaco - plays like the Leicester forward. 

Vardy, of course, has enjoyed a remarkable campaign at the King Power Stadium and is currently leading the goalscoring charts alongside Tottenham striker Harry Kane. 


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Martial, on the other hand, has been one of United's standout players of the season. Despite only being 20-years-old, the dynamic forward has enjoyed an impressive run in the side under Louis van Gaal's regime. 

Cole, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford, has been impressed with the striker and has hailed him for the way he has handled himself in his debut season on English soil. 

Martial plays like Vardy 

“Anthony has been very good since he arrived,” Cole told United Review, as per “For such a young man with such a big fee on his head, the way he’s gone about his business has been really, really impressive.

“He’s had a lot to contend with, with the way this season has gone, but he’s slotted in very well, which is testament to him.

“He is the silver lining so far this season. He came for a lot of money and was an unknown, whichever way you look at it, but the way he’s adapted to the Premier League is brilliant.

“What I like about him is that he’s always prepared to have a go at people. What we don’t see a lot of now, and Jamie Vardy has done this extremely well for Leicester, is strikers who run in behind and stretch defences.

“You don’t see that a lot in the Premier League any more, but when Martial plays centrally he can do that. And when he gets in the box, he knows how to finish.

"When he plays on the left also, he’s prepared to pick the ball up, run at people and go in behind people. That’s a massive asset in today’s football.”

Martial was the man who just about kept Van Gaal's side in the FA Cup last weekend after he found the back of the net against West Ham United. 

The Red Devils have made a number of mistakes over the last couple of transfer windows, but the addition of Martial appears to have been an inspired one. 

Henry comparison 

In fact, Cole has tipped the youngster for a 'massive future' and likened him to former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry.

“His understanding of the game is very good for a young man,” Cole continued. “If you asked Anthony where he wants to play then I think he’d say centre forward.

“I remember playing against Thierry Henry when he was at Monaco. He was on the wing and you’d just say to yourself, ‘that’s not his position,’ but then when he came to Arsenal he was used as a centre-forward or coming off the left, and he just did his thing.

“That’s going to be Martial, definitely.

“He’s got the temperament to do just that. He doesn’t strike me as a kid who’s into the high life. He’s a young man who wants to be the best he can be.

“However, you look at the game now, there are kids in his position who think they’ve already cracked it, but this boy can go all the way to the top, for sure. He’ll have a massive future in the game if he keeps developing.”

There's a long way to go in the development of Martial, of course, but United fans are well aware that they have a special talent in their ranks. 

They will certainly be hoping that he can spur the club to Europa League success on Thursday night. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg at Anfield, the Red Devils are set to take on rivals Liverpool once again but will be well aware that they have it all to do in pursuit of redemption. 

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