Marcus Rashford earned praise from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard after netting on his UEFA Champions League debut for Manchester United, in a 3-0 victory against FC Basel.
The striker has now scored on debuts in the UEFA Europa League, Premier League, EFL Cup, UEFA Champions League, and on his international debut for England.
Gerrard, a pundit on BT Sport for Man United’s win against Basel, praised the 19-year-old, while aiming a quick dig at United.
“He’s got a huge future ahead of him. It’s great that he’s English,” Gerrard said, having captained England for some years.
“Not so good that he’s a United player from my point of view,” he joked.
“He’s got pace, he’s got everything to his game. He scores goals and we spoke a few weeks ago about Trent Alexander-Arnold having the courage and the character to step up while there’s big names around to take free-kicks and credit to the kid having that bottle.”
While Gerrard’s opinion will never be blindly followed by United fans, the ex-Liverpool captain correctly noted the talent of Rashford.
At 19, Rashford is in his second full season for United, having broken through under Louis van Gaal in February 2016.
He’s consistently shown that he can perform in big games, and has often been responsible so far this season for United’s ability to pummel teams late on with a flurry of goals.
His pace, as Gerrard states, wears defenders out, allowing either himself or others to capitalise, power past the defender and extend United’s advantage late on, something fans saw against West Ham United and Swansea City.
While some were worried upon José Mourinho’s arrival at the club last summer that Rashford’s playing time would quickly diminish under the Portuguese, the 19-year-old has been one of the players Mourinho has utilised most. Long may it continue for the Wythenshawe-born Red.