Niall Quinn: Marcus Rashford is capable of becoming a ‘complete’ centre-forward

Niall Quinn: Marcus Rashford is capable of becoming a ‘complete’ centre-forward

Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn believes that Marcus Rashford has the potential to become a “complete” centre-forward for Manchester United.

Rashford has burst onto the scene for Man United this year, putting in a number of eye-catching performances since his debut for the club against FC Midtjylland earlier this term.

The 18-year-old scored his eight goal of the season in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday and Quinn was impressed with Rashford’s display.

“I just love watching him play,” Quinn said.

“He is just so intent on doing the right thing and being positive, using his skills, he is so flash. He drops deep and does not go chasing anything, he knows if there is a chance it will be headed back and it is a clinical finish.

“There are so many strings to this guy’s violin, he has got everything there. He can play any kind of a tune. He can have direct strikes at goal, he can lay off, he can do great one twos, he has got a pace on him, he can play on people’s shoulders and he can head the ball.

“I mean, he is looking like he could be the complete Manchester United centre-forward.”

Rashford was playing academy football at the start of the season and his rise has been meteoric, to say the least. He was even handed a call-up to England’s 26-man provisional squad for the European Championships by Roy Hodgson this week. The youngster’s story really is an unbelievable one.

But all the plaudits that are coming his way are completely deserved. On the pitch, Rashford has proven to be an assured customer, with his touch, movement and intelligence all superb. His maturity was perhaps best summed up when he showed great awareness to step over the ball before Wayne Rooney finished for United’s first goal of the evening against Bournemouth. Rashford is at a supreme level despite being just 18 and it will be exciting to see where he ends up.

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Ben graduated with a first-class honours degree in Journalism from the University of Sheffield and he was The Peoples Person's co-editor between March 2015-16. He is now a regular contributor and freelancer.