Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has brushed off comparisons with Thiery Henry following his blistering start to life in Premiere League.
The former AS Monaco striker who was likened to Arsenal legend , admitted that he has everything to prove before compared to Henry who is Arsenal’s all time record goal scorer, with 228 goals for the premiere league giants during his two stints in North London.
The 19 year old forward has taken to Premiere League, like a proverbial duck to water and has already dispelled initial doubts with 4 goals in his opening 7 matches for Manchester United. The first of those came off the bench. After that the France international has started in every game except the Capital One Cup fixture at home against Ipswich.
Louis Van Gaal heaped praise on the youngster and is confident that he will keep his feet on the ground despite all the attention. “I know henry is a very great player who in legend in English football. I do not think we have similar characteristics. Thiery Henry is Thiery Henry. I still have everything to prove. By continuing to work hard, I will try to reach his level but am still very fur off.” Martial said in an interview recently.
Martial moved to Manchester United from the League 1 club for an initial fee of 36 million pound. But report claims the deal could potentially rise to 57.6 million pound depending on the appearance and success he achieves on the pitch during his time at Old Trafford.
The former Lyon youth team star has now revealed that it was a phone call from the Dutch manager that convinced him to make the move, after initially being told that he was “untransferable”. Also he had a dream to play in Champions league which came true with the red devils.
The player is going to be under intense scrutiny each time he enters on the pitch due to the hefty fee the club paid to secure him. But the French striker has claimed that the attention does not bother him, as he is only focused on playing football for the 20-times English champions.
“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. 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.”
The interest generated by the transfer and his subsequent goal scoring habit has instantly turned the former Monaco man into a household name among football fans but this young French striker has a plan for dealing with the newfound notoriety.
“I try to ignore it all. I like to stay in my bubble. The main concentration is on football. I work and try to learn English as quickly as possible.” A confident optimistic Martial said further.