Anthony Martial Could Become ‘Manchester United’s Version Of Thierry Henry,’ Says Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes has made a bold claim that Anthony Martial could become Manchester United's answer to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The United star, 23, has become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's central striker after the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan this summer.

But Red Devils legend Scholes, 44, has high hopes of the Frenchman becoming a major success like ex-Gunners striker Henry.

"If they sit in and defend like [Harry] Maguire can do, [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka great defender and just keep those two, Martial and [Marcus] Rashford towards the left-hand side most of the time and get the ball to those two, I think they can hurt anybody," the ex-England international told Optus Sports.

"I don't think it's a bad thing that Martial keeps coming out to the left-hand side.

"Remember Thierry Henry, he started games at centre-forward, always ended up on the left side somehow.

"So I don't think it's a bad thing. If he [Martial] can be anything like Henry, we'd take that now!"

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Martial started off the campaign on Sunday by adding his name to the scoresheet in United's 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Fellow United forward Marcus Rashford scored a brace and Daniel James came off the bench to score on his Premier League debut for the Red Devils.

Solskjaer, 46, claimed last month that Martial has everything that it takes to become a "world-class" forward.

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And the United boss admitted after the Chelsea clash that he was impressed with the former Monaco man's performance.

The Norwegian said: "It's always important for a striker [to score goals], but how do you react?

"Do you drop your shoulders, [and think] 'I've scored my goal now,' or do you get hungrier and realise, 'That's where I score my goals?'

"It's not out wide on the left-hand side showing your skills, it's in that box and I was so pleased for Anthony scoring from five yards after that cross because I've not seen too many of them [from him]."

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Adnan Riaz

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