Pundit claims Anthony Martial can emulate one Man United legend

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Young footballers are always going to be compared to stars of the past, especially if they've got something about them, and Anthony Martial is no different.

Pundit and former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness has been playing close attention to the young Frenchman this season, and claims there are glaring similarities between him and a United great from the not too distant past.

And though Martial has struggled for form this season, Souness believes that the 20-year-old can go on to be United's new Ryan Giggs.

Having arrived in the summer of 2015, he exploded onto the scene in the Premier League under Louis van Gaal, but so far the emergence of Marcus Rashford and the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has meant that he has had to take on a different role.

But despite being marked tightly by Carl Jenkinson during the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend, Souness refrained from criticising him too much.

“He’s come to arguably the biggest club in the world, the spotlight’s on him, they paid a lot of money for him,” the pundit told Sky Sports’ live coverage of the clash on Saturday (via Squawka).

“I thought he did really well dealing with the pressures that come with the price of joining a club like this.

“Last year I thought he was fabulous, and I thought he was a star in the making.

“I still think he is, but what you get with young players is peaks and drops, and right now he’s playing in a team that are huffing and puffing a bit, digging out results but not really playing football that’s easy on the eye or flowing, so strikers would struggle in a team like that.

“I think because he cost that much money, we’re being critical when it’s not necessary. He’ll come back again, there’s a player in there. In three or four years’ time we might be talking about him as the new Ryan Giggs, or someone as good as that."

So far this season Martial has found the back of the net twice across 12 games, but is still a far cry from the 17 in 49 he recorded last term.

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