Marcus Rashford backed to be “one of the greats” at Manchester United by teammate Chris Smalling

by Harry Robinson

Chris Smalling has tipped young striker Marcus Rashford to become a Manchester United great.

The 19-year-old is Smalling’s teammate for club and country, and was chosen by Smalling for the centre-back’s recent dream Man United XI.

Rashford was chosen as one of four current Reds in the side, alongside David de Gea, Antonio Valencia and Paul Pogba.

That’s despite Smalling having played with Robin van Persie in his time at the club.

“There’s obviously a lot more experienced strikers that I have played with,” Smalling conceded.

“But I think the impact he has had since he joined and come the end of the career he will be known as one of the greats.”

Rashford made his United debut in February 2015 as a late replacement for Anthony Martial after the Frenchman was injured in the warm-up for a UEFA Europa League game against FC Midtjylland.

With Louis van Gaal‘s side 2-1 down on aggregate after the first leg, Rashford scored twice at Old Trafford on his debut in a 5-1 win.

A few days later, he scored twice on his Premier League debut as well, in a 3-2 win against Arsenal. He went on to score in the Manchester derby before the season concluded, as well as netting on his England debut against Australia ahead of Euro 2016 as the youngest debutant goalscorer for the Three Lions in almost a century.

His goalscoring has continued and the excitement and buzz that flows around Old Trafford when Rashford gets the ball is incomparable to other players in the side, despite still being just 19.

This is Rashford’s second full season as a United first team player, but he’s made history on a number of occasions already. More big-game goals and performances if he stays at United for the next decade will prove Smalling right.

Latest Top Stories...