Man Utd ace Marcus Rashford told to follow Cristiano Ronaldo path to become world class
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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford can follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and blossom into a world-class striker if he becomes more clinical, according to former Reds star Louis Saha. The England international broke the 20-goal mark for the first time last season and has struck ten goals in 18 appearances this.
However, while Saha, who scored 42 goals in four-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford, appreciates the quality and versatility Rashford adds to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, he believes the 23-year-old lacks a clinical edge in the penalty area.
“Marcus Rashford is a world-class forward but he isn’t yet a world-class striker,” Saha told Genting Bet.
“When you look around the world, there aren’t many players playing for big clubs such as Manchester United and performing on a big stage with their country.
“But Rashford can do whatever you want from him, he can defend when you need to and he can actually attack and create his own goals, score free kicks. He’s a top forward.
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“A striker is a different animal, a striker is someone who is really eager and you can see in his face that they want to score all the time and will focus on how to maximise the position where he can score.
“They won’t try to find that kind of ‘nice look’. A striker is just deadly.”
Saha played alongside the likes of Solskjaer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez during his time at Old Trafford and also saw first hand the transformation of Cristiano Ronaldo from tricky winger to ruthless goalscorer.
And it’s the Portuguese star that the former France international believes Rashford should look to emulate in the seasons ahead.
“At this moment, Marcus Rashford isn’t a world-class striker, but he’s a world-class forward,” Saha added.
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“Rashford still has the youth and the potential to do it – as Cristiano [Ronaldo] started in a certain position and now is the best striker you can ever imagine.
“Being a striker is an attitude and they obsess about scoring goals, they’re going to shout at any player that doesn’t give them the ball and you shout to yourself because you miss a goal.”
While Rashford has impressed this term, his United teammate Anthony Martial has struggled to recapture the form he displayed in 2019/20.
The France international netted 23 times in all competitions last season but has only struck twice this term and his place in the side is under threat with Edinson Cavani near full fitness.
“Anthony Martial has reached a level of skill and I didn’t see it coming. He’s really gifted in many areas and being a striker is one but it’s about consistency – you have to score and you have to have that desire to score all the time.
“You’ll have moments where you don’t do it but it doesn’t matter because you’re still making the same runs. I think that he has definitely shown quality but obviously we always want more from a player like him.”
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