Man Utd star Marcus Rashford reveals who he models his game after

Marcus Rashford

Not just the seal of approval, either.

Rashford burst on to the scene with a brace for Manchester United against Midtjylland in the Europa League a year ago and has quickly established himself as a key part of the squad for both club and country.

"I see some of myself in him for sure - he has courage and he's fast and is very good with the ball".

Last year, the former Brazil worldwide heaped praise on Rashford, describing the 20-year-old as "courageous" and "very good with the ball". "He has an wonderful future".

"I used to watch a lot of him growing up". Not Cristiano Ronaldo, CR7, the Portugese superstar, but Ronaldo the Brazilian legend.

For the second, which virtually secured Real's progression, the finish was simple but when he tapped in Roberto Carlos's pass he had lost two opponents six yards from goal.

United boasted the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs and a soon-to-be-Madrid-bound David Beckham, while Los Blancos played the ultimate dream team - Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and, of course, Ronaldo Nazario. Rashford explained just why the footballing icon has played such a big part in shaping his career.

Recounting the night he watched the double-World Cup victor score a memorable hat-trick, Rashford says: "My first ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it". I always remember it. It was in 2003. Ronaldo, not quite at his Barcelona peak, but still coming off the back of dominating the 2002 World Cup, scored a brilliant hat-trick. I was only young though. He was my brother's favourite player, that's why I've grown up watching so much of him. I think you (model yourself on players like that) naturally.

And there are parallels in their careers: Ronaldo was 21 when he took the 1998 World Cup by storm, voted the tournament's best player even though Brazil lost in the final, while Rashford will be just shy of that age at the Russia World Cup next summer. Asked whether he'd been aware of Ronaldo's comments, originally made previous year, Rashford went on: "Yeah, I've seen a few bits from him from quite a while back".

The Express report Rashford said: "He always played free". He'd played a lot of matches for Spurs that season and has gone on to prove himself.

"I had a really good discussion with his dad over his development, " Southgate said of a player he uses as a "sounding board" on a tactical level.

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