Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford: Tim Howard was my childhood idol

by Marwan Harraz

Marcus Rashford has absurdly claimed that his childhood idol was former Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Strikers normally tend to pick former legendary strikers for their childhood idols but it appears as though the young Englishman has a different kind of hero in mind.

Rashford has impressed so far this season as he goes from strength to strength in his race to the top of world football.

The United star has scored seven goals in all competitions and has even managed to grab four assists to prove his all round game.

The academy product though was happy to explain why Howard, of all people, was his role model when growing up in the club’s lower age squads.

According to the Daily Mail, Marcus said: “My first season [at Fletcher Moss] I went in net. The thrill of scoring a goal, you get the same thrill when you save a good chance.

“Howard was my idol. I used to have a little Tim Howard shirt. You watch, there’ll be a game [when he is called upon to go in goal]. I’m going to get the gloves one day!”

Tim featured for the Red Devils in a rather short career at Old Trafford, making 45 appearances during a four year spell.

A loan to Everton proved to be his eventual departure as he completed a transfer the following season but did make a name for hisself during his time there.

A regular, key starter for his new side, Howard dismissed the old age myths of Americans being unable to play in England and resurrected his career at the club.

An American international with 121 caps to his name, it’s fair to say that Rashford didn’t exactly pick the worst of idols, just an unusual one.

To compare, club teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has often stated that Brazilian and Real Madrid legend Ronaldo was his idol.

Either way, Jose Mourinho and United fans will be hoping to keep Marcus as far away as possible from their own net and as close as possible to the opposition’s net.

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