Anthony Martial has gotten off to a good start with Manchester United, but the young striker doesn’t think it’s fair to compare him to legend Thierry Henry.
Martial, 19, arrived to Manchester from AS Monaco for an initial transfer fee of £36 million, a sum that could rise to £58 million if all the add-ons are met. Martial has already been compared to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, but Martial doesn’t agree with the comparison to his fellow Frenchman.
“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 also spoke about the process during the final days of the transfer window and how he ended up with United.
“Basically, I was told ‘untransferable’ so I thought staying in Monaco,” he 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.”
He also spoke about the big transfer fee and all the attention it got in the media as it made him the most expensive teenager in the Premier League.
“It did not bother me too much. It was more my family with all that was written in the newspapers and what was said. I was just in a hurry to go to Manchester and play football.
“I try to ignore it all. I stay in my bubble, I concentrate on the football, I work and I try to learn English as quickly as possible.”
Martial is currently with the French national team preparing for their two friendlies against Armenia and Denmark.