Legend Gary Neville says it's too soon to hail Martial a Manchester United success, questions goalscoring potential

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville says it is too soon to hail Anthony Martial a success and has questioned his future goalscoring potential.

The young French striker bagged a brace on his first Premier League start for the Red Devils in a 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday.

It came after he impressed on his debut by getting a wonderful solo goal in a 3-1 win over arch rivals Liverpool.

The goals are going some distance to easing the pressure on the 19-year-old former Monaco star's shoulders, given the enormous initial £36 million price tag which made him Britain's most expensive ever teenager, as reported by the likes of the Guardian.

'Too soon to hail Martial artist'

But despite the hype surrounding the fleet-footed star, Neville has told Sky Sports it is too soon to label his signing a success and questioned whether he will ever be able to match world stars like Luis Suarez.

"It's a brilliant start," Neville told Sky Sports.

"It's too early to say 'he's some player and he's going to be a great player' and all those things because anything can happen, but it's certainly the best possible start he could have had.

"He's shown he can do it in the first couple of weeks. The goalscoring is the big thing. Can he step up from being a 15 in 70 man to a one in two man, let alone what the top strikers are now - the Suarez's of this world and I'm not even going to mention Ronaldo and Messi!

"Suarez is scoring 25 goals a season in 35 games. Can he get to that level? It's difficult."

Neville makes a valid point, given Martial's record as a raw teenager in the Monaco side over the last two seasons was around one goal every five games.

Master Henry is perfect reference point

But one look at the career of one of the greatest Premier League players of all time helps to put things into perspective.

Thierry Henry, another pacy Frenchman who started his senior career at Monaco, spent more time learning his trade in his homeland but had a very similar goal ratio of around one in five before a big move to Juventus.

That record actually got worse in Italy, where Henry scored just three times in 16 appearances.

But he would go on to become Arsenal's best ever goalscorer, finding the net 175 times in 258 games in total.

At Barcelona and New York Red Bulls he added another 86 to his tally in 202 matches to end his career with a goal ratio of almost exactly one goal every two games, while also scoring 51 times for his country.

Martial has been likened to the Arsenal great and even labelled 'the new Henry' by some pundits.

Neville questions potential to be truly world class

As Neville says it remains to be seen whether Martial can reach those heights.

But a look at his record for France's youth sides gives an indication that he is capable of consistently getting goals to rub shoulders with the best strikers in the game.

In 51 games for French youth sides from under 16s to under 21s, Martial has scored 25 goals, almost exactly one in every two

Others will debate the money involved but Red Devils fans are just glad to have a fresh new talent to enjoy, particularly since the departures of the likes of Robin Van Persie and Danny Welbeck in recent seasons.

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