Paul Scholes believes Manchester United is the perfect club for Marcus Rashford to learn his trade at, and says that learning from Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make the youngster even better.
Rashford could return to the United starting line-up for Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash at Blackburn Rovers after watching Ibrahimovic score three more times in the midweek Europa League win over Saint-Etienne.
But while the Swede’s 23-goal campaign has limited Rashford’s chances, with Jose Mourinho regularly keeping faith with Ibrahimovic, Scholes has told Goal that the England striker is still in the right place to develop into a great striker.
“I think he’s been better influencing games off the bench but, again, as a 19-year-old kid you’re going to be a little bit inconsistent and I think he’s at a great place to learn with a manager who knows what he wants,” said Scholes. “And to see somebody like Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing and training with him every day will only bring him on.”
The midfield legend added that it is natural for a younger player to be benched as part of the learning process, and as part of the famed 'Class of ’92' he also found himself left out at times when still growing as a footballer.
“It's always a gradual rise, I suppose. Ryan Giggs was different, he was 17 and was banged straight in because he was that good and you couldn’t afford to leave him out,” he explained. “With us, or with me at least, there was always chance to leave you out because as young players you’re going to be inconsistent and you need to sit back and watch and learn at times. I think Marcus is in the ideal place to be doing that.”
Rashford is approaching the anniversary of his breakthrough at first-team level, a two-goal debut against FC Midtjylland on February 25 last year, and Scholes says he has been mightily impressed with the way the 19-year-old has dealt with the step up to senior level.
“He had a great first six months or so, didn't he? He’s quietened off a little bit, but still I really like him. He’s quick, he can beat a man, he can play centre forward, he can play wide left, he can play wide right, he’s got the pace to do that.”
Rashford made his 50th appearance for United when coming off the bench against Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford and has also won six caps for England.
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