Lee Dixon has revealed that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is worried about his fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial’s development at Manchester United.
Martial, who moved to United in the summer of 2015, announced himself as the then-most expensive teenager in world football with a fantastic solo goal in a win over Liverpool.
However, the sacking of Louis van Gaal and the appointment of Jose Mourinho at the Old Trafford helm saw the striker struggle to fit in and suffer a bout of mixed form.
Speaking to the Handbrake Off podcast, Dixon revealed that he spoke to Henry about Martial and the France legend was worried about the lack of characters in the United dressing room.
“I talked about [Martial] with [Henry] recently,” Dixon said. “We did some work together when [Man Utd] had the two games around Christmas time.
“I presumed he knew him because they’re from the same area in France so I asked him about Martial.
“He said, ‘He’s exactly like I was when I came to Arsenal. He needs to go through the process like I did with you lot and I don’t know if the Manchester United dressing room is like that’. He said that was the making of him.
“To liken himself to Martial or another player to him, it really painted a picture of what Martial was like and what his character was like because he’s super talented like Thierry was and I think his development would have been similar.
“I’m not saying he would have been as good as Thierry, but he would have been similar if he had been in the old United dressing room with the characters like we had in our dressing room.
“He certainly talks about that as a real learning lesson in his curve to get to how brilliant he was.”
Martial has been in better form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this term and he has shown exciting glimpses of an attacking understanding with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.
What’s more, the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January has helped, with Solskjaer confirming that the pair have “hit it off” in training.
In other news, former United striker Dimitar Berbatov has said that Jadon Sancho would not think twice about moving to United if given the chance.
The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger in recent months.