Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has turned down comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
The 20-year-old has made an instant impact on Louis van Gaal‘s side and is already considered as one of the Dutchman’s most influential players.
Both of the Frenchmen are from the same town of Les Ulis near Paris and played for AS Monaco in their early years, which has resulted in immediate comparisons as their styles are quite similar.
However, Martial has denied those similarities but said he’s happy with the comparisons with one of the Premier League’s best ever players.
Speaking to Inside United in his first extended interview as a United player, Martial said: “Since we came from the same town and share the same beginnings 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.”
Martial is a top class player in his own right and the lazy comparisons for any youngster with an established, more well known name are somewhat tiresome, so it’s good to see Martial distance himself from them.
With quick feet, pace, strength, power and raw ability, Martial has all the makings of a superb centre-forward in the future and I very much hope he can go on to emulate the success Henry had during his career.
But, as Martial was quick to point out, it will be on his own terms and not as the second coming of Henry. After all, Henry was merely an early impersonator of Martial, right?