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Manchester United's Anthony Martial like the Brazilian Ronaldo - Cantona

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has compared striker Anthony Martial to Brazilian former Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo.

Martial scored United's late winning goal in the FA Cup semifinal against Everton to secure his club's place in Saturday's final against Crystal Palace.

Cantona -- a Cup final hero for United when he scored the only goal of the final against Liverpool in 1996 -- believes 20-year-old Martial was "very clever" to opt for a move to Old Trafford from Monaco.

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The Frenchman told MUTV: "He's very mature for his age.

"I think he's the same kind of player as Ronaldo. Of course Ronaldo is a Brazilian, but he's as strong as him. Martial is skilful, he wants to score goals and he has good vision.

"At Manchester, it's a great club for young players, when you are in the Academy and also when you are 18, 19, 20 years old.

"You need to work with people who will help you because you're still a young player, just as [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the Portuguese Ronaldo, did when he came to play for United and for [Sir Alex] Ferguson.

"Ferguson helped him to be the player he is today. And I think he [Martial] has been very clever to choose Manchester United."

Speaking to reporters before the cup final, Martial said he had no plans to leave United despite the club's frustrating season, which has seen them miss out on a place in the Champions League.

He explained: "You never know what happens in the future -- but certainly the fans have accepted me really well, and the fact they sing the song about me all the time shows they're quite happy with me.

"I just do my best to try to pay back that support. I love Manchester and I love being here, and certainly I see myself being here for a good while yet."

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.

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