Marcus Rashford has paid tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for making him a “better player for years to come” following the Swede’s departure from Manchester United.
The 36-year-old has left Old Trafford with immediate effect and will join LA Galaxy imminently following a campaign marred with persistent injury problems.
He will always be remembered for a stunning first campaign in England where he confounded his critics by plundering 28 goals before suffering knee ligament damage in April.
And Rashford has taken to social media to give thanks to Zlatan for the influence he had on developing his game at Man United.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) March 22, 2018
The 20-year-old made 53 appearances for United last season and most of those were with Zlatan – a domineering, emphatic presence in the middle – alongside him.
That volume of minutes on the pitch has added a veneer of maturity to the way he handles the ball and moves around the pitch, but you could argue that his career best tally of 12 goals this term – and counting – derives somewhat from those hours alongside Zlatan at Carrington. Little vignettes of advice, pointers about body position, how to better read the game, use the defender as a reference point, and above anything the kind of attitude you need at senior level. That belief.
No wonder Rashford was one of the first to give his heartfelt thanks to the Swede. Eric Bailly, on the other hand, opted for a slightly different tone.
I love this man pic.twitter.com/33XGzLP9FC
— Max Eggleton (@maxeggleton_) March 22, 2018