Martin Keown: Marcus Rashford will be the future of Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Marcus Rashford will be the future of Manchester United.

The youngster enjoyed a simply mind-blowing debut campaign following his debut back in February, netting eight goals, claiming an FA Cup winner’s medal and earning a place in the England squad for Euro 2016.

Rashford has continued to serve as a fundamental aspect of Man United’s first team this season, making 15 appearances so far.

Keown, speaking earlier this week, was full of praise for the Rashford, predicting a big future at United for the Englishman.

“I don’t think it will be bad for Rashford,” he said when asked about the implications of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract extension at Old Trafford.

“I can see next year being the handover from Ibrahimovic to Rashford – and I can see why Jose Mourinho would want both players available.

“How many 35-year-olds have played more games than Ibrahimovic this season?

“Rashford is the long-term solution but I still think Ibrahimovic has got something to offer. The way he looks after himself, he is a good role model for Rashford.

“There is a weight of pressure on being the centre forward at Manchester United and that needs to be shared.”

The 19-year-old, with Ibrahimovic absent through suspension, was handed just his second chance to start as a No.9 under Jose Mourinho against Arsenal.

And what United fans saw was exciting to say the least. Rashford offered a completely different dynamic to the big Swede, charging across the pitch with reckless abandon, refusing to give Arsenal’s back four a moment of peace.

His sheer liveliness and raw speed galvanised the entire side, giving rise to an emphatic, unyielding attacking display, packed with intent and vigour.

It was, above anything, a glimpse into the future, with Rashford confidently leading the line.

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