Ian Wright: Rashford and Martial will be at Man United for the next 10 years

by Leo Nieboer

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes that Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will be at Manchester United for another ten years.

Martial arrived at Old Trafford during the early stages of last season and immediately rose to stardom after claiming four goals from his opening three games.

Rashford also broke into the first team under Louis van Gaal last season, managing braces in his first two games before going on to secure a place in the England squad ahead of Euro 2016.

And Wright, responding to a caller on BBC Radio’s 606 podcast who suggested that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s presence was inhibiting the pair’s development, noted that Martial and Rashford would be at the club long after the Swede hangs up his boots at Old Trafford.

“Ibrahimovic will be there next year, but Martial and Rashford will be there for another 10 years,” he said.

“What Ibrahimovic is giving them now is only going to help them. They are playing with him, it’s only going to help them.”

The idea of any player remaining at one particular club for a decade, especially at a time where the idea of longevity in football has started to disappear into irrelevance, is indeed pretty far-fetched. This is just some good old fashioned hyperbole from Wright. Hardly anything to write home about (please excuse the accidental pun).

But the former striker does have a point. Martial and Rashford, aged 20 and 19 respectively, have a number of truly promising years lying ahead of them, and spending time around Zlatan – a man who has, to paraphrase one of his favourite remarks, won everywhere he has gone – will only serve as a springboard for the pair in the context of their future.

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