Marcus Rashford tipped to become England’s Ronaldo, says Keown

Marcus Rashford tipped to become England’s Ronaldo, says Keown

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has the potential to be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo for England, according to Martin Keown.

Rashford was one of England’s most exciting players as Gareth Southgate’s men struggled to a narrow 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday.

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The teenager played on the left behind Harry Kane, and former Arsenal defender Keown believes Rashford can use this position to boost his career.

“I like the way Marcus Rashford runs at people and asks questions of defenders,” Keown wrote for the Daily Mail in a column section entitled ‘Rashford can be our Ronaldo’.

He added: “All the best players — Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi — started as wingers at some point and Rashford just needs to drift a bit more central and express himself more coming off the touchline.

“I think he’ll be a top player, and they don’t stay fixed for too long out wide. Outside left should only be his starting position when it comes to the World Cup.”

The win meant England have qualified for their six consecutive World Cup finals – their joint best record.

The next Ronaldo?

Despite fears that Jose Mourinho managing Manchester United would derail Rashford’s career, given his history with young players, the Englishman has flourished.

Marcus Rashford’s performance scores in the Premier League so far this season

After a promising first year under Mourinho, this season Rashford has become an almost guaranteed starter for United beating Anthony Martial to a starting place on the left side of the attack.

From the left, Rashford has made six key passes in seven games so far this season averaging 1.73 per 90 minutes. Another three passes have led to assists and the Englishman has also grabbed himself two goals.

Marcus Rashford has won 45% of his take ons in the Premier League so far this season