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Manchester United's Anthony Martial: Ronaldo and Ronaldinho Inspired My Career

Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 2, 2016. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Joe GallagherFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2016

Anthony Martial has rejected the constant comparisons between himself and Premier League great Thierry Henry, saying instead that his career was inspired by two Brazilian icons.

In an interview with MUTV for the show Martial: The Story So Far, which will be broadcast on Tuesday night, the Frenchman admitted that the comparison to his countryman was flattering, but he added, "I don’t think we are very much alike."

Instead, he says his brother Johan, who plays for Troyes FC, and Ronaldo and Ronaldinho were the biggest inspirations on his career.

Brazilian forward Ronaldo (L) and Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho (R) listen the national anthems at the start of the quarter-final World Cup football match between Brazil and France at Frankfurt's World Cup Stadium, 01 July 2006. The winner of this match
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The 20-year-old also revealed that he consulted former Old Trafford favourite Patrice Evra before making the move from Monaco to Manchester in September.

"Patrice Evra told me it was a 'club of champions,' a club that above all else wants to win," Martial said. "And certainly since I arrived here I’ve felt that for myself too."

Martial has scored nine goals in 29 appearances for the Red Devils and broke onto the scene with a debut goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Manchester United's French striker Anthony Martial during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford
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He says that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin helped him with the language when he first moved to England and insists that he has been working through a list of Manchester's restaurants recommended by Marouane Fellaini.

And he spoke about the influence of club captain Wayne Rooney on his playing style: "It’s always nice, it allows me to keep improving and also to feel more relaxed when playing alongside him. When you see someone like Rooney, you feel that bit more confident."

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