Manchester United U21s’ coach Warren Joyce believes Marcus Rashford will become even better in the future.
Rashford came through the academy system at Man United before bursting onto the scene at Old Trafford this season, scoring eight goals since his debut for the first team in February.
He has even been recognised for his efforts on the international scene, with Roy Hodgson naming him in his 26-man provisional squad for Euro 2016. Joyce was full of praise for Rashford.
“There is still a lot more to come from Marcus,” Joyce said.
“Physically he is going to be a big lad. You don’t realise how much of a good footballer he is. There are a lot of facets to his game. He is not just a goalscorer.
“You get it a little bit easier scoring goals in the U18s, so there was a plan from this time last year for him that we talked about. We gave him exposure training against U21 defender Donald Love which is really hard.
“Then you are playing against U18s on a Saturday morning where it is a bit easier, where you can try a few things out.”
When you watch Rashford play, it is hard to believe that he is only 18. His touch, movement and intelligence on the pitch belies his years and he has looked far more composed than other players more experienced than him.
Of course, it is still very much early days in terms of Rashford’s development and the test will come when opposition defenders really start to figure him out.
Critics will point to Adnan Januzaj as a warning that it could all go wrong for Rashford but the youngster seems to have a sensible head on his shoulders. He will be central to United’s hopes of FA Cup glory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.