Marcus Rashford believes his childhood idols have had an huge impact on his fairytale start at Manchester United.
He has consistently performed at a high level since his introduction in the first-team in February, quickly turning him into a fan favourite.
The 18-year-old has been sensational, scoring goals on most of his debuts for club and country, making him a likely candidate for the Golden Boy award.
Speaking about his inspiration, he claimed he hoped to play like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney as a boy.
“I didn’t really speak to Cristiano as I wasn’t in the first team then, but I’ve obviously spoken to Wazza He’s given me advice. He’s told me to stick to what I have always done, and just keep playing my football.
“He started at a young age, too, made his Everton debut at 17, then moved here and went through a similar situation to me. So it helped me a lot knowing he had been through it, too.”
He has already turned a lot of heads with his recent showings including that of Jose Mourinho, who has granted the striker a place in the starting XI.
Although it is easy for youngsters to get carried away after a successful start, Rashford claims Rooney’s advice has helped him focus on staying grounded.
At 18, the United prodigy has a long way to go before he can be among the best in the world, but with an abundance of skill and confidence in his own abilities Rashford will look to rise to the very top in the coming years.