Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has compared Marcus Rashford to former Arsenal star Thierry Henry and has backed the teenager to succeed in the centre-forward role.
The 19-year-old came on as a half-time substitute for England last night when the scores were 0-0 against Malta in the World Cup qualifier. Rashford played his part during the second period as he provided a sublime assist for Harry Kane while the Three Lions registered a comfortable 4-0 win in the end.
The Englishman has primarily featured on the left side of the attack for United this term, but Giggs believes that the youngster has plenty to time to develop in the number nine role – similarly to Gunners legend Thierry Henry.
He told ITV h/t The Express: “He can definitely play out wide, but eventually he’s going to be a No 9. I see similarities with Thierry Henry myself, he’s brilliant off the left. Even if he’s playing centre-forward, he drifts off to the left where you can take players on either side. But then, if he’s not played centre-forward a lot and all of a sudden Kane gets injured and you ask him to play up front, he can do it.”
Despite his prowess previously up front, Gibbs insists that Rashford is unlikely to feature in the striker’s position for United this season due to the presence of Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who rejoined the club last month, he added: “Like you say, he’s not going to play centre-forward of United too often with Lukaku, Ibrahimovic as well.”
Rashford has made a relatively quiet start to the Premier League campaign, but he managed to clinch the vital opener during United’s 2-0 triumph over Leicester City last weekend.