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Rooney: Rashford is one of the brightest talents in European football

by Leo Nieboer

Wayne Rooney has showered praise on fellow teammate Marcus Rashford and labelled the 18-year-old as one of the ‘brightest talents in European football.”

Rashford was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad last week following a lack of game time in the early stages of Jose Mourinho‘s time at Old Trafford but the youngster, as he so often does, responded in emphatic fashion on Saturday with a sensational performance off the bench against Hull City by scoring a 92nd minute winner to send Man United fans into raptures.

Rooney, who set up Rashford’s winner with a smart run down the left, was quick to laud the 18-year-old.

“Marcus is a fantastic player,” he said, “one of the brightest talents in European football.”

“I’m sure his chance will come. He did brilliantly when he came on and got his goal. He’s an important player for us.”

Despite only bursting onto the scene in February, the footballing world is already running out of superlatives to describe Rashford.

The Hull game was prefaced with murmurs over the Englishman’s future under Mourinho as he hadn’t used the striker since the Community Shield win over Leicester City but if Saturday taught us anything, it’s this: doubt Rashford at your peril.

In just 20 minutes, with the visiting side banging on Hull’s door to no great effect, Rashford was the central driving force, the spark, the beacon of hope that kept United fans dreaming last season. His goal felt like the logical conclusion to another effervescent display and United fans – tortured for 90 minutes as chance after chance was spurned – were able to bask in the youngster’s sheer brilliance once again.

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