Marcus Rashford: Man Utd striker ‘can be world star’, says Paul Scholes

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford “can be a world star”, says former midfielder Paul Scholes.

The teenager has played a key role this season, scoring 10 goals including an extra-time winner in the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.

“Rashford will be a brilliant centre forward, there is no doubt about that,” Scholes told BBC Radio 5 live.

“His pace is incredible. He’s almost the club’s most important player now at the age of 19.”

Rashford has played 49 games for United and England this season, having broken into his club’s first-team last term.

Just four months into his first professional season in February 2016, he was selected for Euro 2016 by England manager Roy Hodgson.

Scholes, who played 718 games for United, feels Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee injury will give Rashford the chance to impress up front for the Red Devils.

Marcus Rashford

“What we saw against Anderlecht was raw pace, the excitement, skill and ability to fly past people as if they are not there,” said the ex-England international.

“He probably needs to work on his composure with the chances he is getting, but if he stats putting his chances away – I am sure he will.

“He has always been a centre forward. When I saw him playing for the young United teams, he was scoring 30-40 goals a season. I know this lad can finish and score goals.

“I am just a little bit worried that he is so quick he may get shoved out wide, which is not a bad thing. You look at Cristiano Ronaldo’s record and players like Neymar, he has that kind of ability. It is a lot to live up to but he has that in him. He can be a world star.”

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