Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero claims he can see a lot of Lionel Messi’s qualities in Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

Romero has played alongside both players. Romero first noticed Martial’s abilities when he was at Monaco with Martial.

Speaking to Manchester United’s official website, Romero said: “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.

“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.

“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.”