Rashford has all the hallmarks of a Man Utd great: Exhibit A) This Rooney pass
While Manchester United try and return to former glory under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Marcus Rashford is evoking memories of club legends.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were at the heart of United’s last truly great side between 2006-09, winning three successive Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Despite spending hundreds of millions on forwards in recent years, they have unsurprisingly struggled to replace those two unique talents.
But Rashford, a boyhood United fan who grew up idolising the pair, looks set to finally fill that void at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old is already showing similar traits to that of a young Ronaldo. From the ‘knuckleball’ free-kicks to the brilliant footwork that leaves defenders with twisted blood.
During United’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup, he briefly moved away from the Ronaldo comparisons, however, and focused on a different side to his game.
Receiving the ball in his own half, Rashford spotted Mason Greenwood’s run and picked out his team-mate with a stunning cross-field pass.
After helping put food on the plates of school kids during the week, he put the ball on a plate for Greenwood, who made no mistake in front of goal – despite Andy Robertson’s screams.
— Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 24, 2021
Wearing Rooney’s old No.10 shirt, Rashford showcased the sort of vision and passing range that we associated with the former England captain during his heyday.
In fact, it was almost a carbon copy of Rooney’s brilliant pass against Manchester City in the League Cup semi-final in January 2010, giving United fans a case of deja vu.
Unfortunately for Rooney, Ryan Giggs wasn’t able to show the Greenwood levels of composure in front of goal on this occasion, but Paul Scholes did find the back of the net moments later.
— Big H. (@Hxnz99) January 24, 2021
Being able to combine the skill sets of both Ronaldo and Rooney at such a young age makes Rashford a nightmare to play against, and he’s only going to get better.
He’s now moved level with Eric Cantona on United’s all-time goalscorers list, and the current Derby County manager might be starting to worry about his place at the top of the pile.