Ryan Giggs insists Marcus Rasfhord reminds him of his teenage self following his impressive start at Manchester United.
The 19-year-old has only scored three Premier League goals this campaign, but has mostly played out wide after his sensational breakthrough under Louis van Gaal last term.
Speaking about the youngster, Giggs believes he’ll need to work hard to establish himself as a centre forward.
“He is an excellent young player who fully deserved his breakthrough for United in February in that Europa League tie against Midtjylland last season,” he said.
“As things stand he has not scored since the Leicester City game on Sept 24 and, like any goalscorer that will be playing on his mind.
“But lean periods like this are common for many young players. I was no different. My form hit the skids in the 1994-95 season when United lost out to Blackburn Rovers for the title.
“I had suffered some injuries to my calf and hamstring and played fewer games that season than I had done in the previous three seasons.
“To address that, I went back to basics. I did extra work after training on the aspects of my game that I felt needed attention.
“Marcus will be a centre-forward one day and that is his strongest position but it is natural that at his age he is asked to fit in around more established players – it was no different for me. He will know that he needs to spend time adjusting his game to playing wide.
“In first-team football you might get just two or three chances to cross the ball. Or one decent sight of goal. And you have to be ready.”
There is an adjustment period as he is playing out wide in a new position, but he has been heavily involved in our match day squads and has a massive future at Old Trafford.
In the meantime he needs to work hard to flourish on the flanks until he gets his time to make the central role his own.