Thierry Henry praises Anthony Martial goal: ‘I love the finish’

Thierry Henry praised Anthony Martial’s deadly finishing after his debut goal for Manchester United against Liverpool.

Martial has been widely compared to Arsenal legend Henry, and scored a sensational strike after coming off the bench to make his debut.

The world’s most expensive teenager, who could cost United up to £58m, cut inside from the left, rode a Martin Skrtel challenge and finished low into the far corner.

Henry, the scorer of many similar goals, said on Sky Sports: “I’m happy for him. They’re wondering if he spoke English – he proved he did with the ball.

“I love the finish, it’s a great finish for me. He freezes the keeper by looking up before he hits it.”

Anthony Martial shoots and scores against Liverpool
Anthony Martial shoots and scores against Liverpool – Reuters

Viewers were amused and frustrated in equal measure that Henry was unable to offer a fuller assessment of Martial’s display.

The Frenchman found it hard to make himself heard as Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher loudly debated Liverpool’s defensive failings in United’s 3-1 win at Old Trafford.