Martial billed as 'French Ronaldo' after emulating former Man Utd star's solo strike at Fulham

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Juan Mata is the man to have compared an Old Trafford colleague to an iconic figure of the club's past, with a stunning goal netted at Craven Cottage

Anthony Martial has earned the nickname “French Ronaldo” from Manchester United team-mate Juan Mata after starring against Fulham.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a welcome return to form over recent weeks.

Having been one of those to struggle for regular starts under Jose Mourinho, questions had been asked of the 23-year-old’s future.

He has, however, been given freedom to express himself by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and responded with a series of eye-catching performances.

Those showings have earned him a new long-term contract, with United moving to ensure that they remain the ones to benefit from his undoubted ability.

Martial’s most recent moment of inspiration was delivered during a Premier League trip to Fulham.

He helped the Red Devils to a convincing 3-0 win which has lifted them back into the top four.

His strike was the second of a productive afternoon at Craven Cottage and the best of the bunch as he drove at the hosts from deep, shrugging off challenges before producing a composed finish.

Mata was among those quick to salute a stunning strike, both at the time and afterwards on social media when posting: “Listen Anthony Martial, you are very good at playing football, you know that right? #FrenchRonaldo”

Martial’s strike drew immediate comparisons to one delivered by a five-time Ballon d’Or winner during his time with United.

Almost 12 years ago to the day, Ronaldo produced a moment of magic for the Red Devils at Fulham.

On February 24, 2007, the Portuguese snatched a late winner in west London.

He picked up the ball on the same left-hand side of the field before surging past defenders and firing into the same bottom corner.

Martial has some way to go before he can claim to have made a similar impact at Old Trafford, but he is heading in the right direction.

He has already matched his 11-goal return from the whole of the 2017-18 campaign and is just six short of his personal best – recorded in his debut season with United.

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Solskjaer will be hoping that he continues to deliver the goods as there are bigger tests than Fulham fast approaching.

Next up for United is the first leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter with Paris Saint-Germain.

They then have meetings with Chelsea and Liverpool to come in the FA Cup and Premier League.

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