Man United star Anthony Martial reacts to Thierry Henry comparison

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The France international has stated that he is a long way off the level of the retired Arsenal hero.

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has stated to French television channel BFM that he is a long way off the standard of compatriot Thierry Henry.

The 19-year-old attacker has made a significant impact in English football since leaving Monaco for Old Trafford over the summer, scoring four goals already for Louis van Gaal’s men.

Martial’s style of play and mannerisms on the pitch have seen many liken him to Henry, with both strikers also playing for Monaco in their younger days.

Despite being flattered by the comparison, the Red Devils forward has stated that he needs to work a lot harder to be at the same level as the now retired star.

“I know this is a very great player who is a legend in England,” Martial told French TV channel BFM.

“I do not think we have the same characteristics. 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’s arrival in England has taken a lot of pressure of club captain Wayne Rooney, who had been struggling to lead the United line before the young Frenchman’s availability.

The France international was unable to prevent his side from losing 3-0 to Arsenal on Sunday, but perhaps had United’s best chance at the end of the first-half - but could not beat Petr Cech.

Martial is currently on international duty with France and will hope to continue to make an impression and force a way into Didier Deschamps’ starting XI for next summer’s Euro 2016 competition.

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