Martial has been a revelation at Old Trafford since his move from Monaco in the summer, and Cantona was emphatic in his praise for the young Frenchman:
“He’s very mature for his age. I think he’s the same kind of player as Ronaldo. Of course Ronaldo is a Brazilian, but he’s as strong as him. Martial is skilful, he wants to score goals and he has good vision.”
Martial, 20, has been a shining light in what has otherwise been a disappointing season for Louis van Gaal's men. His return of 11 goals in 31 Premier League appearances wass a fine tally in his debut season, especially as he was used predominantly wide on the left.
He has already made eight appearances for the French national team, and is expected to play an important role in Les Bleus' European Championship campaign.
"At Manchester it’s a great club for young players when you are in the Academy and also when you are 18/19/20 years old. You need to go and play for a great team and also you need to work with people who will help you because you’re still a young player, just as Ronaldo, the Portuguese, did when he came to play for United and for Ferguson. He had the opportunity to win trophies but also Ferguson helped him to be the player he is today. And I think he Martial has been very clever to choose Manchester United.”
Many fans and pundits feel as though van Gaal will be deemed a failure, even if he does manage to win the FA Cup, but for Martial, victory at Wembley today would certainly put the icing on the cake of what has been a fantastic first season in England. If he can go on to emulate Ronaldo, and achieve even half of what the Brazilian star has achieved, Martial will surely go down as one of the all-time greats, and prove to be money well spent.