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Marcus Rashford has announced himself to the world – he’ll topple Wayne Rooney

He’s only 19, but he’s already a top, top player with one of the biggest football club in the world. Enter, Marcus Rashford; the teenager has provided a solution to the Red Devils goalscoring problems this term. There are few football lovers who do not know the name, Marcus Rashford, today.

Perhaps by a mere stroke of luck or as fate would have it, Marcus Rashford broke into the Manchester United first team squad and into the starting lineup for the first time under coach, Louis van Gaal. His first start for United came in that 5-1 victory for Manchester United in the Europa League against Midtjylland. The 18-year-old scored twice in that fixture, making him Manchester United’s youngest goal scorer in a European competition.

On his first Premier League game for Manchester United, he scored twice and provided an assist against Arsenal. If that wasn’t enough for people to rate Rashford, he went on to score seven goals for United that season, five in the Premier League.

Marcus Rashford also got his big breakthrough for England that same year (2016). More so, he scored on his England debut, the youngest Englishman to do so. He went on to win a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad. At such a young age, Marcus Rashford has come so far, but can we realistically say that he’ll one day better Wayne Rooney?

Wayne Rooney in brief

In August 2004, Manchester United completed the £27 million of Wayne Rooney from Everton. Sir Alex Ferguson had referred to Rooney as the “the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years”. Rooney went on to fulfill every potential and exceed the benchmark. This season, he became Man United’s top scorer in history with 250 goals.

Wayne Rooney has done the unprecedented for Manchester United, he’s been there for United during one of her best years. In 2008, when United won the double, he was highly instrumental. His individual accolades are nearly innumerable. He’s won five Premier League titles, one Champions League, one Club World Cup, three League Cup titles and four Community Shields, all with Manchester United.

Rooney is now 31 and it can be said that he’s lost plenty of forms and that he’s longer the player he once was. But to be honest, the Manchester United skipper has seen it all and done it all. The history of Manchester United cannot be written without a mention of the name, Wayne Rooney; he’s asserted himself as a cult hero.

Can Marcus Rashford match Rooney?

Following Zlatan Ibrahimović’s injury, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial’s inconsistency coupled with Wayne Rooney’s lack of form; the man who has stepped up is Marcus Rashford. He’s demonstrated his budding maturity by scoring winners for United in difficult fixtures; this was demonstrated by his goals that gifted Manchester United a point at home to Swansea and won them the Europa League semifinal first leg at Celta Vigo.

Rashford has also demonstrated his skill with free-kicks as seen in his goal against Celta Vigo. Wayne Rooney was once a free-kick master for Manchester United, too.

Jose Mourinho commented on Rashford’s emerging brilliance with dead balls; attributing it to the youngster’s untiring training:

“He stays after training for half-an-hour to practice taking free-kicks and waits for the opportunity… “He trains a lot, he practices, and he enjoys the extra work.”

Marcus Rashford’s performances have made a big statement for the 19-year-old. He has such a long way to go. He’s scored some great goals for United and his future looks glistening bright. He’s done as much as Wayne Rooney, at the same age. It can only get better for Rashford, and there’s nothing stopping him from going on to become one of Manchester United’s greatest ever players – yes, even greater than Rooney.

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