Paul Scholes: Marcus Rashford can follow after Barcelona forward Neymar

Paul Scholes: Marcus Rashford can follow after Barcelona forward Neymar

Paul Scholes believes Marcus Rashford has the talent to follow in the footsteps of Barcelona forward Neymar at Manchester United.

He’s enjoyed an incredible rise to prominence at Old Trafford, scoring eight goals in 18 appearances under former manager Louis van Gaal last season and has still managed to keep his place in the side under Jose Mourinho this campaign.

Rashford has been forced out wide with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line, however, he’s stepped up to the mark when called upon as he found the opening goal of the game against Chelsea and then scored an extra-time winner in United’s Europa League quarter-final tie against Anderlecht to see the side through to the last four of the competition.

Speaking about his future, Scholes would like to see Rashford develop in a central position.

“He has always been a centre-forward. When I saw him playing for the young United teams, he was scoring 30-40 goals a season,” he said.

“I know this lad can finish and score goals. I am just a little bit worried that he is so quick he may get shoved out wide, which is not a bad thing.

“You look at Cristiano Ronaldo’s record and players like Neymar, he has that kind of ability. It is a lot to live up to but he has that in him. He can be a world star.”

Playing on the wing has massively improved his game as he almost has a new dynamic to his play from last year when he was initially introduced to the first-team.

There’s no doubt that Rashford has the ability to lead line forward, but at 19 there’s plenty of time for him in his career and he’ll be relishing the opportunity to learn as much as he can from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Tanveer has been writing with The Peoples Person since August 2015 and is a life long Manchester United fan.