Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has revealed that he is living a dream outlined by his 11-year-old self.
Even as a schoolboy, the jet-heeled frontman had just one ambition in life – to be a professional footballer at Old Trafford.
Joining the Red Devils’s academy ranks at the age of seven offered him a first step down that path, with a steely dedication from that point carrying him towards his ultimate target.
In February 2016, Rashford’s dreams came true as he was named as a surprise starter by Louis van Gaal for a Europa League clash with Midtjylland.
He netted twice in that contest, before bagging a brace on his Premier League bow a few days later against Arsenal, and the rest is history.
11 year old with a dream... pic.twitter.com/9gPjmViyph— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) April 10, 2017
Rashford would also go on to score on his England debut, helping to earn him a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad at Euro 2016.
He may not have started as many games as he would have liked this season under Jose Mourinho, but the 19-year-old has remained a regular part of United’s plans.
Eight goals have been plundered in all competitions, with the most recent of those coming in a 3-0 victory over Sunderland which has kept the Red Devils in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Rashford has shown what can be achieved when hard work complements natural ability, with the teenager having come a long way in a short space of time.