Former Republic of Ireland defender Kenny Cunningham believes that Marcus Rashford is the future of Manchester United.
The teenager announced himself to the watching world in emphatic fashion back in February 2016 with braces in his opening two games in the senior side.
He has since gone on to claim 15 goals for the club, impressing many with his aptitude for providing attacking impetus from the wing under Jose Mourinho this season.
But Cunningham, speaking earlier this week, believes that Rashford will serve as the side’s main No.9 once Zlatan Ibrahimovic hangs up his boots.
“Jose Mourinho might not think it. There is a lot of chance of Antoine Griezmann or Robert Lewandowski coming in next season but this lad deserves a chance. He showed flashes to show he is developing and maturing. He got David Luiz exposed.”
Rashford has only featured as a No.9 on seven occasions this season, but each appearance has provided an image – a small prognosis, if you will – of what United could look like as a collective in a couple of years: fast, dynamic, indefatigable, spearheaded by the Englishman’s raw power and energy.
That run against Chelsea, for example, which saw Rashford outsmart David Luiz, turn Gary Cahill twice, only to then see his shot saved by Thibaut Courtois, was a glimpse of the youngster’s potential when it comes to single-handedly launching powerful counter-attacks, and supporters will hope to see him receive further chances to impress in that role as the season goes on.