Paul Merson: Marcus Rashford can become one of the world’s best players

by Tanveer Arayan


Paul Merson believes Marcus Rashford can become one of the world’s best players at Manchester United as he uses his pace in exactly the same way as Thierry Henry did.

The Englishman has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence at Old Trafford and following on from last year under Louis van Gaal, he’s still been able to establish himself as a first-team player under Jose Mourinho.

He’s been playing out wide this season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line but has stepped up when called upon this season as we saw against Chelsea and Anderlecht.

Speaking about his talent, Merson believes he has all the right attributes to become a top player.

“I think so,” he said.

“I think he’s a right handful, quick, strong and getting more intelligent as the game goes on.

“Was it a masterclass or did Mourinho get lucky, in leaving Ibrahimovic out of the team? For me, Man Utd are a better team with Rashford in the team, playing down the middle.

“Nobody likes to play against pace, especially when you’re direct like him. He makes defenders think.

“I can’t talk highly enough of this kid. He uses his pace in exactly the same way as Thierry Henry did.

“There are quick players that don’t use it in that way, but Rashford does, and he can go all of the way.”

It’s hard to believe the 19-year-old is only at the start of his career as it’s scary to think about how good he can go on to become with some guidance in the Premier League.

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