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Martial's ball control is as good as Messi's - Romero

Anthony Martial's ball control has been likened to Lionel Messi's by Manchester United team-mate Sergio Romero. 

Romero has played alongside Messi, a five time Ballon d'Or winner, for Argentina and started the 2014 World Cup final against Germany in Brazil.

He was signed by the Red Devils from Sampdoria in July 2015, but had a loan spell at Martial's former club Monaco in 2013-14.

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The goalkeeper told United's official website : "He really is one of the best I’ve seen. I think that the only player in the world, or who I’ve seen, running with the ball as if it’s stuck to his foot, is Leo Messi.

"He can be going at top speed and the ball is always right on the end of his foot, it never gets far away from his control. That’s why he can do all the things he does.

"But the thing that Anthony has which is quite similar is when he is running at top speed, he can stop the ball absolutely dead, in a split-second.

"That is the same as what Messi does. Leo will be running with the ball, on a mazy dribble, and then all of a sudden he’ll stop suddenly and change pace or change speed, or go the other side.

"Anthony can do that with ease and in fact he has done it many times. He dribbles the ball one way, stops suddenly and then goes the other."

Martial moved to Manchester a month after Romero for a fee potentially worth £58 million ($75m), but the Frenchman's career stalled somewhat when Jose Mourinho took over.

Speculation had linked him with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer, but his early season form has been much improved and he has scored five goals so far this term.

"Back in 2015, not long after I joined United, I was chatting with Ander Herrera, David De Gea and Juan Mata. I let them in on a secret," Romero continued.

“There’s a kid at Monaco. Anthony Martial. For sure, in a short while, you’ll all be talking about him.

"Anthony was still very young, just a kid - I think he was 17 years old at that time - but you could already see that he was that he was a special player with lots of class and lots of talent.

"The kid was a natural. You’d just be amazed at the things he would do in the training sessions."