Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho has praised Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford as comparisons between the two continue to be made.
Iheanacho, 19, has enjoyed a fine breakthrough season for City, scoring 13 goals in 34 games over the course of the campaign.
His rise to prominence has echoed that of Man United’s Rashford, who has registered seven goals in 16 appearances since February. Iheanacho believes comparisons to Rashford will inspire him to become a better player.
“I love a challenge so when people compare me and Rashford, it gives me more confidence and motivation. It also makes me work even harder,” he said.
“I hope people keep comparing us because if we can keep challenging each other in the coming years it could be great for Manchester. If we both keep doing well, improving and scoring lots of goals for the team it could be interesting.
“Rashford is a great young talent. He is big and strong and makes good decisions so I think he’s going to be a really good player for United in the coming years. You can learn from every player so I’ve learned from Rashford as well this season and I wish him all the best in his career.”
Iheanacho and Rashford’s stories are remarkably similar: their respective clubs have often struggled at points this term but the youngsters have dragged them out of a hole.
It seems as if Iheanacho will have the bragging rights this season as a win against Swansea City this weekend would guarantee City Champions League qualification.
Meanwhile, it looks like Rashford’s best efforts have not been enough to secure a top four finish, save for a remarkable set of results on Sunday. United’s troubles have been well documented over the course of the campaign but Rashford’s potential, along with the likes of Anthony Martial and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, has provided cause for optimism.