Marcus Rashford has the attitude to match his “special talent”, suggests Ashley Young

by Harry Robinson

Ashley Young has revealed Marcus Rashford always stood out as a “special talent” for Manchester United’s youth sides before his breakthrough at the club.

The Englishman also praised his younger countryman’s sheer desire to make it at the top and continually better himself.

Young has just received his first England call-up for four years after wonderful form at left-back for Man United this season. If the pair play together on Friday against Germany, it will be the first time they pull on an England shirt together.

Rashford made his debut for United just 622 days ago, when Young was halfway through his spell without an England cap.

“I saw him when he was coming up through the ranks at United,” Young said.

“He obviously got his debut straight away and kicked on from there.

“I always said all along, for me, he’s a special talent. He was always going to go a long way.

“Even now he’s got his feet on the ground and he wants to learn. He just wants to better himself each day.

“I think the manager is having to drag him off the training pitch every day because he is just wanting to better himself. It’s refreshing to see a kid like that just wanting to get to the top.”

Rashford’s rise has been meteoric, it’s worth remembering. From playing in the under-18s, he suddenly went to scoring consecutive doubles in the UEFA Europa League and then Premier League, against Arsenal, before a winner in the Manchester derby, a goal after a couple of minutes on his debut for England and playing for his country at Euro 2016, a hat-trick on his England under-21s debut as well.

All the time it’s seemed relatively smooth because Rashford has had so few blips. It’s unsurprising his attitude has been perfect and his desire to reach the top rarely matched. It shows on the pitch.

There were doubts Rashford would get as much gametime as previously when Jose Mourinho became United manager. In fact, he has been one of the most important and used players in the side since Mourinho’s arrival.

Young revealed he had seen and noticed and been told of Rashford’s talent before the Wythenshawe-born United fan broke through.

“For me, as a senior pro, you got the chance to watch the Under-18s and you could tell he was going to be a big talent,” he said.

“Speaking to him even at that young age, he was one of them who just wanted to learn and to be the best.

“I’m delighted for him because he wants to work and learn and he’s doing fantastically well.”

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