Man Utd starlet backed to become one of the game’s leading players

Marcus Rashford is primed to star for England at the World Cup in Russia and will go on to great things, says his Old Trafford team-mate.

Ashley Young believes Manchester United teammate Rashford has the potential to “set the world alight” and will be a key player for England at the World Cup.

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The forward heads to his second major tournament for his country following a difficult campaign at United under Jose Mourinho, who has been publicly critical of Rashford on a number of occasions, albeit without naming names (it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out who Mourinho has been slating, with Anthony Martial also rollocked).

Rashford made 52 appearances in all competitions in 2017/18 but struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up. He was heavily criticised by fans for his lackadaisical performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup final, which United lost 1-0.

Young, though, is confident Rashford can hit the ground running in Russia and become one of the game’s leading players.

“It’s the World Cup and it could be his stage to show everybody how far he’s come since his debut,” he told the press, as per the BBC.

“He produces at United and will be a major player for us at the World Cup. He’s going to cope really well.

“I’ve said it from the time I saw him in the youth team – he’s got a massive future ahead of him. He’s a fantastic player and if he keeps going the way he is, he’ll set the world alight.

“He has his feet firmly on the ground and he wants to learn every day. He’s one of them that the manager has to tell him ‘come inside’ because he wants to stay out and play non-stop.

“If you look at the goals he has scored on how many different debuts, it just shows he steps up in the big games.”

Young earned his spot back in the England squad after a strong season with United playing as a makeshift left-back. However, he is adamant that he’s still more of an attacking player.

“I don’t pretend, I still see myself as an attacker, especially the way that we play with the full-backs or wing-backs high up,” Young continued.

“Different managers play different formations. I think I am one of those players who has a good footballing brain. Wherever the manager calls on me to play I will give 100 percent for the England shirt and go to do as well as I can.”

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