Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole praises ‘level-headed’ Anthony Martial

by Sam Koster

Andy Cole has heaped praised on Manchester United youngster Anthony Martial.

The 19-year-old joined the club on transfer deadline day for a reported fee of £36m in a hectic week which also saw the player make his international bow for France.

Martial, who was been likened to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, has made an impressive start to life in Manchester by netting four goals and an assist in six appearances for the club.

Following his start to life at Man United, Cole praised various elements of Martial’s game.


“I like him. I do like him. I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t know a lot about him before he came to United. I watched him play against Arsenal last season but the way he has come in, he’s made a great impression,” Cole said.

“He’s got good feet and great pace. In the modern game, it’s important to have great pace and he’s got that in abundance. He looks a great player and has got off to a great start. It looks like he’s got the right temperament as well.

“He uses his body very well. He only looks like a slight chap but he gets hold of the ball, he’s got good feet and he is prepared to run at people and take them on. He got his debut goal and we know he’s got quality there. Long may it continue for the boy.

“We know football has peaks and troughs and ups and downs but he seems very level-headed. He has come in and he’s settled really well so it looks like he will do well for Manchester United.”

For a player who scored nearly 250 goals in his career, 93 of which while playing for United, Cole can speak with some authority on the subject of strikers, and for Martial, this is high praise indeed.

Since signing from Monaco, the youngster has added an extra edge to United’s play, and has been praised by pundits and fans for his dynamism and confidence on the ball both on the domestic and international stage.

If Wayne Rooney‘s below-par performances are to continue, Martial may find that more and more pressure is heaped upon his young shoulders as the season goes on. If United are to contend for honours this year, Martial could well be a crucial component.

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