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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Martial plays down Henry comparisons: 'I still have everything to prove'

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial

Manchester United's deadline day signing Anthony Martial has played down comparisons with Arsenal's record goalscorer Thierry Henry.

The 19-year-old Martial recently made his debut for France, and has made a stunning start in England, having scored three goals in four league appearance.

The main comparisons made were down to their style of play, as Martial likes to run behind defenders and his ability to calmly score from one-on-ones, something of a trademark for Henry during his playing days.

"I know this is a very great player who is a legend in England. I do not think we have the same characteristics," Martial (left) said. "Thierry Henry is Thierry Henry. I still have everything to prove. By continuing to work, I will try to reach his level but I am still very far off."

Martial spoke of his move to United and said the prospect of Champions League football played a key role in his decision.

"Basically, I was told 'untransferable' so I thought staying in Monaco," Martial said. "When I knew about the offer, I did not hesitate a second and it was done quickly. I really wanted to continue to play in the Champions League.

"(Louis) Van Gaal called me and spoke to my mother who did the translation. When I arrived in Manchester I met him, we discussed at length and it was done quickly," he added.

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