Lee Dixon reveals what Thierry Henry told him about Manchester United star Anthony Martial

first_imgManchester United star Anthony Martial has often been compared to Arsenal great Thierry Henry (Picture: Getty)Lee Dixon has lifted the lid on a recent conversation he had with Thierry Henry in which the legendary Frenchman compared the struggles he experienced at the beginning of his Arsenal career to Anthony Martial’s mixed start at Manchester United.Martial announced himself in England with a goal on his United debut against bitter rivals Liverpool and was immediately likened to fellow countryman Henry but the 24-year-old has flattered to deceive since then until a promising return to form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. The forward was well on course to beat his best ever strike tally (17) in United colours – netting 16 times in all competitions before English football was put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic – and Henry clearly believes his compatriot is capable of finding another gear after that if he fulfils his potential.AdvertisementAdvertisementLike Martial, Henry had an inconstant start to life in the Premier League but the now iconic striker was soon ripping up defences up and down the country after some tough love from an experienced Arsenal squad which included the likes of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Nigel Winterburn and David Seaman.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 26 Mar 2020 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link750Shares Advertisement Thierry Henry sees similarities between him and Martial (Picture: Getty)However, Henry feels United’s current dressing room lacks the battle-hardened and imposing characters who would be able to guide Martial through in the same way.Speaking on Arsenal podcast Handbrake Off, club legend Dixon explained: ‘I talked about that with him [Henry] recently. We did some work together with Amazon Prime when they had the two games around Christmas time. I presumed he knew Martial because they’re from the same area in France so I asked him about Martial.‘I said, “What he’s like?” and he looked at me with that look that he does as if to say: “Have I not already spoken to you about this?”‘And he said, “He’s exactly like I was when I came to Arsenal. He needs to go through the process like I did with you lot and I don’t know if the Manchester United dressing room is like that”. He said that was the making of him. ‘To liken himself to Martial or another player to him, it really painted a picture of what Martial was like and what his character was like because he’s super-talented like Thierry was and I think his development would have been similar. ‘I’m not saying he would have been as good as Thierry – but would have been similar if he had been in the old United dressing room with the characters like what we had in our dressing room. He certainly talks about that as a real learning lesson in his curve to get how brilliant he was.’center_img Lee Dixon reveals what Thierry Henry told him about Manchester United star Anthony Martial Thierry Henry was taught right from wrong by players like Dixon (Picture: Getty) Dixon added: ‘No, we didn’t kick the ball and think what he was thinking in his head but we channeled it into the right areas at the right time and we wouldn’t put up with the stuff when he first came. His not training very hard, being a bit sulky… that wasn’t allowed. ‘You’re not allowed to come into our workplace and be like that. It wasn’t a case of allowing him a certain amount of leeway here and there.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was: this is how it’s done, this is The Arsenal, this is how we dress, this is how we train and this is what we behave like. If you’re in, you’re in and you’ll be one of mates. if you’re not, you’re not. ‘I think that was a big thing for him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals the moment he suspected he had contracted coronavirusMORE: Max Allegri’s agent responds directly to Manchester United links Advertisementlast_img read more

UND goalie saves Sioux

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe old saying in college hockey is that goaltending winschampionships.With Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory, the play of North Dakotanetminder Jean-Philippe Lamoureux showed why his Fighting Sioux could very wellcontend for the NCAA title.Lamoureux stopped 41 of Wisconsin’s 43 shots on the night,using nearly every piece of equipment he had. He also made 38 saves in UND’sopening round win over Princeton, earning him the Midwest Regional’s MostOutstanding Player award.“Lamoureux gave them a chance to win,” UW goalie ShaneConnelly said. “I think that just gave them the confidence.”With his team trailing a desperate Badger team, Lamoureuxmade the big saves when Wisconsin threatened to put the game away. MichaelDavies was robbed by Lamoureux’s glove in the first period on a power playopportunity; Matthew Ford was unable to poke the puck past the stretchingnetminder, sprawled out in the butterfly; Ben Grotting and John Mitchell wereboth unable to beat the senior with time running down at the end of regulation.It was a common trend all night.“It’s tough when you’re going up against a hot goalie,”forward Ben Street said. “He’s done that all year. We knew that was going tohappen. Our game plan was to get pucks and bodies at him, and there were a fewtimes that he left a rebound there and we just didn’t have a guy there to bangit in.”Davies had perhaps the most notable failed chance to put onepast the UND goaltender as he gathered the puck and skated on a breakawaytowards the Sioux net. After skating to his left, Davies was able to getLamoureux to commit and slide across the crease. But the Wisconsin forwardcouldn’t get enough on the shot, firing it into the goalie’s chest.“If he could put it upstairs from where he was, or gobar-down, you have to tip your hat to the guy,” Lamoureux said of Davies.“Coming in on a breakaway with speed, it’s a difficult play. I was confident inmy decision-making and fortunate I made the save.”Lamoureux also had the posts to back him up on a few Badgershots Sunday. Wisconsin freshman Kyle Turris fired a shot that hit the rightpipe and bounced through the crease but never wobbled its way past the goalline. Defenseman Davis Drewiske also drew iron on a power play chance early inthe second period.The bounces off the post seemed to go Wisconsin’s waySaturday night against Denver. Several Pioneer shots caromed off the pipes,providing a sigh of relief for Connelly.“He had his best friend, the pipes, there a couple times,”UW head coach Mike Eaves said of Connelly Saturday.But against North Dakota, the posts befriended Lamoureux.“[Denver] hit the posts last night, and Shane had themstrapped on. And tonight, Mr. Lamoureux did,” Eaves said. “Talk about littlethings making a difference.”The only bad break Lamoureux did catch Sunday was onWisconsin’s second goal of the game with just 39 seconds to play in the secondperiod. Defenseman Cody Goloubef fired a wrister from the point that went wide,and the puck took a funny hop off the backboards and bounced off Lamoureux andin.But what could have been a back-breaking goal that put UNDdown two proved to be the final time UW would tinge the twine.“I think certainly Wisconsin got a lucky break on thatsecond [goal] at the end of the second period,” Lamoureux said. “It could’vebeen demoralizing for a team to give up a goal and a two-goal lead going intothe third on top of that. But we regrouped collectively. It’s a position we’vebeen in before this year, and our big-time leaders stepped up and made bigplays for us.”last_img read more