Manchester United star Marcus Rashford can add David Beckham to his growing list of admirers.
Beckham has posted a touching tribute to Rashford, who scored the winner in Sunday’s Manchester derby, on Instagram, admitting it is “refreshing and pleasing” to watch the 18-year-old’s emergence.
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Rashford stole the headlines after scoring his fifth goal for United, sealing a 1-0 win over Manchester City. After scoring on his Europa League and Premier League debuts, it was another moment the young striker will cherish for the rest of his life.
In a season filled with disappointments for the Red Devils, Rashford’s unearthing might just be the biggest highlight.
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He has received praise from many of the game’s legends, and Beckham is the latest to express his support.
The former United winger posted a picture of the youngster celebrating his goal, along with the message: “When a young kid that loves the club he is at and loves the game he is playing this is what you get... The excitement in Marcus's face after scoring against our rivals is exactly what a kid his age should look like... It's refreshing and pleasing to see... Congrats to Marcus on another great day @manchesterunited”.
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Rashford must feel in dreamland right now. One month ago he was just another name in United’s academy - now, there are even murmurs on social media of him travelling to France for the summer’s European Championships with the England squad.
But Ian Wright admitted Rashford’s development mustn’t be rushed, like Theo Walcott’s was.
The Arsenal forward was picked for the 2006 World Cup at the age of 17 by Sven-Goran Eriksson despite not playing a minute in the Premier League.
Walcott didn’t play in the tournament in Germany and was rightfully demoted to the Under-21’s when Steve McClaren replaced the Swede later that year.
Wright said in his podcast for The Sun: “I think that Marcus Rashford, playing for Manchester United, and to get in their first-team and make the impact he has done. That is world news simply because of his age.
“But we’ve got enough forwards at the moment. Let Marcus Rashford develop.
“He is already at a big club and he seems to be able to deal with the pressure. But we should let him develop, let him deal with the pressures of England at his age group. Then, when the time is right, he can come into the squad.
“I really hope that people don’t start talking him up for getting into the squad.
“Even if people get injured, we should learn from the past.
Walcott was rushed
“I think we’ve rushed him – we’ve done it before with Theo. He was 17 so was even younger.
“Theo missed out on Under-17s, U19s, U21s football.
“He was sat on the bench in the World Cup and from that day to this we still haven’t got anything out of Theo except the hat-trick in Croatia.
“I feel for him as he should have learned a lot of football in that time but he didn’t get the opportunity to do it.”