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Marcus Rashford discusses admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo

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Marcus Rashford would have had plenty of club legends and heroes to idolise growing up in Manchester United's academy.

As the club enjoyed one of its most successful spells under Sir Alex Ferguson, Rashford was just a boy in the background, with the ambition of making the same journey and enjoying the same success as the famous 'Class of 92' did - little did he know where he would be just a few years later.

But of all the big stars to grace Old Trafford while the now 18-year-old was growing up, one man made a bigger impression than most on England's latest wonderkid.

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The forward has opened up on some of his role models at the club and claims Cristiano Ronaldo acted as a huge inspiration to him.

Just to re-emphasise how young Rashford is, he was just 11-years-old when the Portuguese superstar called time on his Man United career and went to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009.

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In an interview with Inside United, Rashford has revealed his admiration for the former Man Utd No.7.

"When Cristiano Ronaldo came to United, he was the one who everyone looked up to," Rashford said.

"The thing that impressed me the most was the fact he was only young when he came into the side and he wanted to be the best player in the side.

"He worked hard every single day, you saw him in the gym every single day and the results came on the pitch. He openly wanted to be the best player in the world."

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Ronaldo learned how to handle the big occasions from an early age and it would appear Rashford similarly thrives in the limelight.

Scoring on his European, Premier League and international debuts all within the space of a few months confirmed what United coaches have been thinking for years, Rashford's mentality was as good as his footballing ability.

And that is another aspect of Ronaldo that the Man United youngster picked up and has tried to implement into his own game.

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Rashford added: "You have to have an approach like that - all the best players in the world do.

"It's not arrogance or anything like that, it's the mindset you need to achieve things."

Mourinho is set to hand Rashford his first start of the season in the Europa League on Thursday and if his cameo appearances off the bench so far this campaign are anything to go by, Feyenoord's defence could be in for a long night.

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