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Anthony Martial has as much quality as Thierry Henry did at 20 - Louis Saha

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha says that young striker Anthony Martial has as much quality as France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry did at the same age,

Martial, 20, has netted 12 goals from 39 appearances since joining United from Monaco for £36 million in the summer.

Henry is considered one of the best strikers ever to have played the game, having bagged 228 goals from 377 games for the Gunners, while also picking up the European Championship and World Cup in 123 caps for France.

Saha, who played with Henry during his 20 international caps and also scored 28 times for United between 2003-09, insists that Martial has something special.

"He has definitely got the quality and the platform for working really hard at Manchester United," Saha told MUTV. "When you get that, you get the experience under your belt of being at a big club and you get respected easier with France. When you see him, he has as much quality as Thierry Henry at this age.

"Thierry was a really decisive player and that is where Martial needs to work; he needs to be more precise and give more indication to his game.

"Everything seems to be easy for him: being on the ball, being strong, holding the ball at the right moments, getting important goals and being able to play week in and week out. He hasn't played this many games during his career so he has done really well to adapt his physique.

"What I really like about him is that he is willing to improve. He is listening and trying to get things going. He hasn't been helped because the team hasn't been performing consistently, so imagine if a few players stepped it up? Then it would have been even easier for him."


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