lManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has stated that Marcus Rashford will need to prove himself in the Champions League in order to be considered as good as Kylian Mbappe or Ousmane Dembele.
Marcus Rashford has enjoyed a meteoric rise as a footballer over the past 18 months or so and the 20-year-old has already established himself as a key player for both Manchester United and the England national team in recent times.
Given his wonderful exploits, former Manchester United defender Phil Neville made a bold claim that Rashford is already as good as the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, both of whom cost over £100million this summer.
However, United legend Rio Ferdinand disagrees with his former teammate Neville’s assessment of Rashford and has stated that the young Englishman still needs to prove himself in the Champions League in order to be considered in the same bracket as Mbappe and Dembele.
Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror: “He’s a great talent and he’s doing well. He looks like he’s maturing. He’s improving, he’s hungry and he’s getting opportunities this season. He’s somebody who can be a huge talent for United and England, and he’s at the right place to do that.
“You’ve got Ousmane Dembele who’s gone to Barcelona and Mbappe, who’s gone to PSG. Would you say Rashford is of the same ilk as them? I think potentially he’s as good as those guys, but they’ve done it in the Champions League, while he’s yet to prove that.
“But I don’t think Marcus is silly. He knows he’s not the finished article and will keep working hard at his game. He has to keep proving himself, and there are so many hurdles you have to get over. These young players, we’re too quick to say, ‘He can be this or that’.
“If he keeps improving, keeps working at his game and stays in love with football, he’s got as good a chance as any kid in the game to be a real success and a huge star.”