Rooney replacing Rashford against Leicester.

Marcus Rashford's Man United stats are ridiculously similar to Wayne Rooney's

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Whatever you think about Wayne Rooney's current form, there is no question that the Manchester United captain will go down in history as one of club's best-ever players.

Having netted 246 times for the Red Devils, the 30-year-old is just four goals away from becoming the club's outright top scorer, and fans as well as United's management staff are hoping that Marcus Rashford can be just as talismanic as Rooney was in his prime.

The teenage sensation found the back of net again on Saturday to make it seven goals in his last seven games for club and country as Jose Mourinho's men thrashed Leicester City 4-1.


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Rashford's goal against the champions means he has registered 12 goals from his first 25 games, a record which is identical to Rooney. However, as you can see below, that isn't the only similarity between the two.

Similar paths at United

Both players made their United debut in European competition at the age of 18, and they both celebrated their first appearance with multiple goals.

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Following a £25.6 million move from his boyhood team Everton in 2004, Rooney scored a Champions League hat-trick against Fenerbahce to announce himself to the world.

Manchester United v Fenerbahce SK

After being drafted in to Louis van Gaal's starting XI due to a pre-match injury to Anthony Martial, Rashford scored twice on his debut to help United come from 1-0 down to beat FC Midtjylland 5-1 in the Europa League in February.

What's more, they both opened their Premier League account against bitter rivals Arsenal. Rooney's last-minute goal at the Theatre of Dreams ensured the end of the Invincibles' incredible 49-game unbeaten run.

Meanwhile, Rashford bagged a brace against the Gunners just three days after his debut in a 3-2 win over Arsene Wenger's side. In the weeks that followed Rooney's debut, he would produce a string of good performances and score a crucial winner to beat Liverpool at Anfield.

As for Rashford, fans will still remember his memorable solo effort at the Etihad to win the Manchester derby back in March as well as his brilliant FA Cup goal at West Ham, which helped United end their recent trophy drought.

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Similar paths for England

Rooney and Rashford burst onto the international scene at a very young age and they both won their first England cap against Australia, in February 2003 and May 2016 respectively.

While Rooney's first goal for his country came in a Euro 2004 qualifier with Macedonia, Rashford needed just three minutes to score for the Three Lions on his debut and his strong end to last season earned him a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.


Rashford to replace Rooney?

Rooney began the season in Mourinho's starting line-up and he scored on the opening day at Bournemouth, but he has struggled for form since.

Rashford had to be patient following the summer arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he tapped in United's winner at Hull before scoring a hat-trick on his England under-21 debut - and his goal against Leicester means it'll be very hard for the Special One to leave him out the team.


Rooney was dropped to the bench at the weekend and, without him, United put in a fine display, however it would be foolish to think that England's all-time top scorer no longer has anything to offer.

Like Rooney once did, Rashford now stands as the next great hope of English football. While he has a long way to go before he can think about catching his skipper in both the United and England goalscoring charts, the youngster has made a stunning start to life at senior level.

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