Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic believes Marcus Rashford has the ability to become one of the best forwards in world football.
Rashford has become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s talisman since he took over as permanent manager, finding his home in the inside left position where he can be at his frightening best.
The England international is often turned to when United need a moment of inspiration and has validated his obvious talent with goal contributions this season.
Rashford netted 14 Premier League goals before sustaining a double stress fracture in his back during an FA Cup tie against Wolves in January. He was on course to compete for the golden boot award after showing a level of consistency that we had not yet seen since he burst onto the scene during Louis Van Gaal’s reign.
Matic, who has played an imperative role in a midfield pivot this term in allowing players like Rashford the freedom to express themselves further forward, thinks the possibilities are endless for a player of his ability.
“We have a lot of young players, but they have maybe not reached their top yet, but Marcus Rashford has the ability to be one of the best players in the world in his position. He’s still improving, but he has everything to reach that top level,” he said, as quoted by the Guardian.
Rashford will probably one of the first to admit that he has plenty to work on in his game until he reaches his optimum level. His decision making is still often questionable and he needs to prove he can deliver for the Reds over a full season.
But what is undeniable is how highly thought of he is by players he has worked with in his fledgling career at United.
Former defender Matteo Darmian, now at Parma, recently went a step further than Matic in suggesting he has the potential to compete with PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d’Or.
“I still remember Marcus Rashford’s first session with the senior squad like it was yesterday,” Darmian told the Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano.
“I immediately thought: ‘wow, this is an incredible player’. He did so many impressive things for a player of his age and the way he improved in every detail really impressed me.”