Marcus Rashford has enjoyed a meteoric rise to superstardom since making his Manchester United debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League back in February 2016.
Before that fateful night, he wasn’t even a household name in his own home. But an injury to Anthony Martial in the warm-up saw Louis van Gaal start the then teenager, who scored a brace, and the rest is history.
Rashford, who has scored 26 goals in his first 89 appearances for the Red Devils, is now widely regarded as one of the most promising young forwards in European football.
The 20-year-old finished third in the voting for the coveted Golden Boy award last month, above the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic, AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manchester City’s Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus.
He was beaten to the prize by Paris Saint-Germain’s exceptional young forward Kylian Mbappe while Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele came second.
Giggs raises eyebrows with his Rashford comments
But would United fans, if they were being brutally honest, swap Rashford with any of the aforementioned starlets or any other of the world’s top players?
United legend Ryan Giggs, in his latest ‘Class of 92 Diary’ for Sky Sports, insists he wouldn’t.
“It will be interesting to see Marcus Rashford and Gabriel Jesus come up against each other at Wembley for England v Brazil. I think the word for these two players is exciting,” the Welshman commented.
“They're a bit different, Jesus has a better scoring record but Marcus likes to match up with defenders and try something, which is what makes him great to watch.
“I’ve worked with Marcus and seen him at close hand and how much of a talent he is. However, it is his work rate and commitment which are really what makes him such a valuable asset for Manchester United.
‘You wouldn't swap him for any other young player right now. I've not seen Jesus in the same close-up environment but he's obviously shown from his performances he is a very talented player.”
Twitter mocks Giggs for his Rashford comments
However, Giggs’ comments have raised the eyebrows of football fans on social media, with many of them arguing that the likes of Jesus and Mbappe are superior players to Rashford.
Check out the tweets…
Even some United fans think Giggs is crazy…
Plenty of United fans, though, would agree with Giggs
There is, however, something special about the fact that Rashford was born and raised in Manchester.
And it’s safe to say that Giggs isn’t the only United supporter who would opt to keep their local lad rather than swap him if such an opportunity presented itself.
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