Marcus Rashford: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have taught me the most

by Tanveer Arayan

Marcus Rashford has noted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and captain Wayne Rooney have taught him the most at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

The 19-year-old has developed immensely over the past nine months, making 53 appearances in all competitions (more than any other Man United player) and claiming 11 goals.

His future looks unquestionably bright, but doubts remain over whether either Ibrahimovic or Rooney will be at Old Trafford next season.

Regardless, the teenager was quick to make note of the lessons learned from studying their mentality.

“The way they (Ibrahimovic and Rooney) think, their mentality towards the game, they are the biggest things that I can take from their game,” he said.

“I think with those type of players, whether they are here for the next five years or however long they are here for, you never stop learning from them.”

If a blockbuster film director had to model something around one of Rashford’s two seasons in the United senior side, they’d opt for the first one in a flash, of course.

But you suspect that posterity will render the Englishman’s 2016/17 campaign as his most important. Rashford’s constant presence in the first team over the last nine months, something engendered by maximum dedication to the cause, has added a real sense of maturity to his game.

There is, you can tell, more awareness and indeed a broader vision now embedded in his approach – something undoubtedly fostered by seeing the likes of Ibrahimovic and Rooney – two players with 30 major honours between them – going about their business on a daily basis.

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