Marcus Rashford has been backed to reach football’s elite levels by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
Giggs, who had a few months working with Rashford as assistant manager for Man United under Louis van Gaal, praised the youngster at a Premier League Futsal tournament in Dubai.
Rashford has started the season phenomenally, in tandem with the rest of United’s free-flowing attack.
His pace, movement, finishing and crossing continue to prove impossible to handle for most Premier League defences.
“For a United fan like me, it’s exciting to see,” Giggs said, in Dubai.
“He’s a real Manchester United player, he gets fans on their feet. If he gets the ball there’s always an expectation.”
There’s no doubt about that. For all the qualities and goalscoring effectiveness of Romelu Lukaku, or the creativity of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, there’s no one who sends a buzz around Old Trafford like Rashford.
“When I’m watching him at Old Trafford you want him to have the ball because you think something can happen. It’s not always going to come off but he tries things and that is exciting,” Giggs continued.
“The history of the club demands that players from Manchester come through and the fans love that.
“He is a brilliant professional and a brilliant person. That, and having the ability he does, is why I’ll always think he’ll go right to the top.”
Rashford’s attitude and mentality has been perfect since he broke through in such stunning fashion with a brace on both his United debut, and then a few days later on his Premier League debut.
His performances haven’t always been perfect, but under Jose Mourinho he’s learnt a great deal and improved as an all-round player.
Predominantly on the left flank, Rashford will likely end up as an out-and-out striker, and provided evidence as to why against Burton Albion.
But now on the left, his talent is helping the form of Lukaku and he continues to show the right attitude, as one of the hardest-working players in United’s 1-0 win against Southampton last weekend.
His talent is undeniable, his mentality is perfect, he excites the fans. Giggs is right, Rashford can go to the very top.