Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli compares Anthony Martial to Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry

by Ben Topliss

Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has insisted that Anthony Martial has “everything to become a world class striker” at Manchester United.

Monaco’s Martial passed a medical at Man United’s Carrington training ground on Monday ahead of a £36m move.

The news came out of nowhere and it seems like a lot of money for a relatively unproven 19-year-old.

However, Comolli believes Martial will be a success at Old Trafford and compared him to Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry.

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Speaking about the potential transfer, Comolli said: “He is mix of Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry. At a young age he has Anelka’s talent to dribble and his technique and at the same time the way he gets in behind defences, and the way he finishes, reminds me a lot of Thierry Henry. He has everything to become a world class striker.

“The important thing is that he needs to play in a team that suits his style. It would be wrong to sit him on the bench. He can play wide left, but his best position is as a striker but one who plays with a No10 behind him like (Wayne) Rooney.

“When Thierry was at Arsenal what suited him was that he played in a quick passing team and that is the same with this player. He (Martial) will not be suited to a team that is going to keep possession and builds slowly. He needs quick transitions in order to get in behind defences.

“What I like about him is that he is someone who wants to win. He will not be bullied by defenders. It is a fantastic purchase and he is going to be a fantastic player providing he gets handled the right way. He is a bright boy. United have to look after him.”

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Although it is hard to get past the fee, it’s good to see United doing something about their attacking situation rather than letting money sit in the bank. However, Martial will have huge pressure on his shoulders from day one at Old Trafford. He will need time to develop at United but he may not be afforded that given the transfer fee.

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