'Martial one of the most talented players of his generation' - Anelka

EXCLUSIVE: The former France international says his compatriot will do great things at Old Trafford, while he also claims that Paul Pogba is worth €100 million
By Rahul Bali

Nicolas Anelka says Anthony Martial is only going to get better and believes the Manchester United starlet is "one of the most talented players of his generation".

Many prominent figures within the football world were stunned when the Premier League outfit elected to pay Monaco £36 million (€48.5m) for a 19-year-old - who had made just 52 appearances in Ligue 1 and scored only 11 goals in the process.

Even United boss Louis van Gaal admitted the fee was "ridiculous" yet Martial has taken English football by storm, netting four times in his first five appearances for the club in all competitions.

Anelka insists he is unsurprised by the teenager's instant impact at Old Trafford and says there is even more to come from his fellow Frenchman.

"Anthony is a very good player and I'm sure he'll do well for United," the former Arsenal ace told Goal. "He is one of the most talented young players of his generation. He'll get better and better!

Paul Pogba also joined United as a teenager but the midfielder failed to nail down a regular starting berth under former boss Alex Ferguson and moved to Juventus in the summer of 2012 on a free transfer.

The France international has since established himself as one of the best young players in the world and the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are reportedly willing to pay close to €100 million for his services.

Anelka can understand why such figures are being bandied about, as he believes the 22-year-old is destined for greatness.

"I think Paul Pogba deserve his price tag," the ex-Real Madrid striker added. "He is a top-class player and he is very young.

"He can do anything at any time. He is this kind of player who make you win the important games and will become better and better.

"In two-to-three years, he'll be among the top five best players in the world."