Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has compared Anthony Martial to Brazilian great Ronaldo de Lima.
The 20-year-old kicked off his career at Old Trafford with a stunning solo goal against Liverpool which proved to be the sealer in a 3-1 triumph and has continued to show his incredible pace, skill in tight areas and nose for goal which has impressed his fellow countryman.
“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,” he told MUTV.
Cantona believes that Martial had arrived at the perfect club to nurture his talent, just as Manchester United did for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“At Manchester, it’s a great club for young players when you are in the academy and also when you are 18, 19 or 20-years-old. [At that age] 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 [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the Portuguese Ronaldo, did when he came to play for United and for [Alex] 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.”
Martial joined Manchester United last summer for £36million from Monaco and has contributed 17 goals and 11 assists in his debut season.