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Marcus Rashford has similar qualities to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to pundits

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Marcus Rashford's star continues to rise, with his performances standing out for both club and country.

Currently deployed on the left wing for Manchester United as well as England, thanks to the impeccable form of both Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane, his development shows no sign of stopping.

Rashford delivered two assists for United in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, before standing out for England despite their disappointing display against Slovenia.

It's now over 18 months since the youngster burst onto the scene with a pair of braces for his boyhood club, against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal, but his progress has been remarkable.

Having shown he is able to work either as a striker or on the wing, he is already a versatile player, and has been so effective he is currently keeping £50m man Anthony Martial out of the United side.

And after yet another positive showing, three-time Premier League winner Martin Keown believes he is displaying similar qualities to those of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale.

Rashford is certain to be on the plane to Russia next year for the World Cup barring injury, and Keown thinks he has everything it takes to reach the top level.

“All the best players — Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi — started as wingers at some point and Rashford just needs to drift a bit more central and express himself more coming off the touchline,” he wrote wrote in the Mail.

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“I think he’ll be a top player, and they don’t stay fixed for too long out wide.

“Outside left should only be his starting position when it comes to the World Cup.”

Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs echoed Keown's view, adding that he is a very dangerous player.

Giggs was a coach at United when Rashford broke into the first-team, and he has seen first hand the qualities that he possesses.

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“His variety is very good. He can give that simple pass," he said on ITV.

“If you’re a Slovenia fan you’d probably be saying ‘why don’t you get closer?’

“If you get closer he can run in behind and that’s where he can really hurt you. So he’s really got everything and like you said the body positioning is really good.

“And he’s playing on the left, right-footed, so he can go either side which he’s shown a couple of times as well.”

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