Two Frenchmen, one during Highbury in 2004 and one during Old Trafford in 2015. Against sour rivals Liverpool. Cutting in from a left and flooring defenders before side-footing past a goalkeeper to measure a marvellous goal.
For Anthony Martial, who scored a shining idea on entrance opposite Liverpool on Saturday, a comparisons with Thierry Henry are not going to die down anytime soon.
Signed from Monaco on send deadline day for a reported initial cost of £36 million ($55 million, 49 million euros) that even a United manager certified was “ridiculous”, French striker Martial had been discharged in some buliding as a panic buy.
But a large cost tab didn’t seem to worry a 19-year-old, who came on as a 65th notation surrogate and staid one of English football’s heavyweight clashes with a harmful knockout blow.
Van Gaal’s side were sticking to a 2-1 lead in a 86th notation when Martial took possession on a left, surged past Martin Skrtel and cut inside before quietly steering his shot into a distant dilemma to top a noted United debut.
And Twitter exploded with comparisons to a Arsenal fable and his strike during Highbury. Martin Tyler, on atmosphere commentator for Sky Sports, assimilated in a fad as well, bellowing “Yesssss! Welcome to Old Trafford, Anthony Martial!”
“When we make a idea like Anthony we can't wish for some-more we think,” outpost Gaal said.
Here are a dual goals, back-to-back.
Henry Martial goals vs Liverpool side by side. Scary!😧 https://t.co/JHdKGWaDAL
— Kane Chattey (@KaneChattey) Sep 12, 2015
And here’s Martin Tyler now famous outline of Martial’s strike.
http://t.co/8o57AhaEmD woeitstar: RT ManUtdVines: Vintage Martin Tyler commentary, on Martial goal: “OHHH YESSSS!!… pic.twitter.com/AESxOfBbNm
— Lanette (@Skopich97) Sep 12, 2015
Thierry Henry, with whom Martial is mostly compared, was likewise tender when he left Monaco for Juventus in 1999, though he was dual years older, had twice as many games behind him and had already won a World Cup.
Henry himself has described a understanding as a “massive gamble”.
Like Henry, Martial is a striker who started his comparison career as a winger and he is likewise drawn to a left flank, from where he can cut inside onto his right feet and fire during goal.
While it is in fact utterly absurd to place outrageous expectations on a youngster, a idea he scored and a similarities to a famous Henry bid – “Thierry Henry. Side stepping one, side-stepping two… that is brilliant, that is simply stunning. Genius during work and his name is Thierry Henry,” as a commentator put it afterwards – will have confident many a United fan.
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Bonus viewing: Thierry Henry’s idea opposite Liverpool in a 2003-04 season.