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Thierry Henry pays Anthony Martial the ULTIMATE compliment after his brilliant start to the season 

The Arsenal legend was full of praise for Martial

Things are looking up for Anthony Martial at the moment, aren’t they?

The youngster is seemingly a regular in Manchester United’s first-team this season and has enjoyed a great start, notching five goals and six assists in his opening nine appearances.

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His performances have helped Mourinho’s side reach the top of the Premier League table and record a 100% record in their Champions League group.

And folks are starting to notice, including Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

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Martial has been frequently and somewhat unfairly compared with Henry since arriving at Old Trafford in September 2015.

And the similarities are definitively there to see.

Both players came to prominence with French side Monaco, both moved to the Premier League to much fanfare and both started out playing on the left-wing.

Henry joined Arsenal in 1999 from Juventus, having started out at Monaco

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Henry joined Arsenal in 1999 from Juventus, having started out at Monaco

But Henry has chipped in with his own opinion.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “Anthony Martial is a far better player than I was at his age.

“He can become a world-class player.”

Martial has been a regular source of goals and assists this season

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Martial has been a regular source of goals and assists this season

No doubt these words will give the 21-year-old a timely confidence boast, after he was left out of France’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

It seems manager Didier Deschamps believes the winger should be starting more games and likened his current plight to Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette.

Martial has been regularly rotated along with Marcus Rashford

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Martial has been regularly rotated along with Marcus Rashford

Deschamp said: “He’s a player who’s probably better when he starts than when he comes on – a bit like Lacazette.

“The last game highlights what he can do, he’s back to a good level and is being used more by Mourinho.

“He could have been in the squad. I can only tell him to continue to make me think about him.”

That’s pretty bold, considering Martial was voted United’s Player of the Month for September.

But what do we know?