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Jamie Redknapp says Anthony Martial is best teenager since Lionel Messi

Sports Editor in News 2 Oct 2015

Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Anthony Martial is the best 19-year-old footballer since Lionel Messi.

Martial joined Manchester United on transfer deadline day from Monaco for a fee that could eventually rise up to £58 million.

At the time there were many critics believing that United manager Louis van Gaal had panicked and risked his reputation on an inexperienced striker who would struggle in the Premier League.

Since then the 19-year-old has scored three goals in three games in the Premier League and everyone is now waxing lyrical on how good he is.

Pundit Redknapp told Sky Sports: “I watched Anthony Martial for 90 minutes in the Champions League and the only 19-year-old I've seen better at that age was Lionel Messi. 

"I played against Wayne Rooney when he made his debut but this boy has so much intelligence. He knows when to pass, when to cross it, when to dribble and when to shoot. He goes past people like they're not there. 

"Everything he does, there is a reason behind it. It's like he's been here before - certain players have this, you can't put your finger on what it is, but it's just a quality. I love watching him play. He's going to be a superstar."