Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has provided a glowing review of Marcus Rashford’s future, as the young striker continues to impress.
The 18-year-old made his stunning breakthrough last season under Louis van Gaal, scoring goals both in the Premier League and in Europe to suggest that he has an extremely bright future ahead.
In turn, his form for the Red Devils earned him a spot in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016, with his cameo appearance in the tournament earning him even more praise.
While Ibrahimovic has insisted that all concerned need to have patience with him, the former Swedish international has revealed just how highly he rates the youngster.
“First of all, he’s 18, he’s still young. He has a lot of time,” Ibrahimovic told MUTV.
“It’s not like he needs to take over the world today, the club knows that, the coach knows that and the team knows that.
“We know his quality and what he’s able to do. What the world is seeing now, we already know because we see it every day. There is no need to rush to push him and put him in the heat zone and put a lot of pressure on him because that can have the opposite effect. Time by time, he will take over everything. It’s about having patience.”
Ibrahimovic has insisted that he will do what he can to help the process of Rashford reaching the top, and that begins with continuing to help United in their quest for silverware this season.
Having come off the bench against Manchester City in the derby and as expected having made an impact, Rashford’s first task will be getting to the front of the queue in a competitive area of the squad and becoming a first-team regular under Jose Mourinho.
The talent and quality is evidently there, now it’s about producing consistently like he did last season and becoming a permanent fixture in the team alongside Ibrahimovic in the attacking third of the field.