Cantona compares Martial to Brazil’s Ronaldo

Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona is impressed by Anthony Martial’s first season at Old Trafford and has compared the striker to former Brazil international Ronaldo.

Martial has proven a worthy investment, after his £36 million transfer to Manchester, with 17 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for the Red Devils.

His impressive form helped the club book their spot in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

“Martial is very mature for his age. I think he’s the same kind of player as Ronaldo. Of course Ronaldo is a Brazilian, but he’s as strong as him. Martial is skilful, he wants to score goals and he has good vision,” Cantona told MUTV.

“At Manchester, it’s a great club for young players when you are in the academy and also when you are 18, 19 or 20-years-old. [At that age] you need to go and play for a great team and also you need to work with people who will help you because you’re still a young player, just as [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the Portuguese Ronaldo, did when he came to play for United and for [Alex] Ferguson.

“He had the opportunity to win trophies but also Ferguson helped him to be the player he is today.

“And I think he [Martial] has been very clever to choose Manchester United.”