Marcus Rashford has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo, revealing that he wants to replicate some of the things the former Manchester United superstar does on the pitch and that he studied both Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney in order to improve.
Rashford has cited Ronaldo and Rooney as his biggest idols growing up on many occasions and now, having been given a run in the starting XI by Jose Mourinho, he is targeting a similar rise especially to that of the Real Madrid forward.
According to the teenage striker, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner sets the example when it comes to forward play and he hopes that he can add elements of the Portugal captain's game to his own.
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Speaking to Sky Sports' Soccer AM, Rashford said, via the Daily Mail: "In recent years Ronaldo is the example, wherever you put him in the attacking three he's going to make an impact and the opposition are going to fear him.
"Being a constant threat, that's what I need to develop. Rooney and Ronaldo were unreal. In 2007-08 it was an unreal partnership, they have been huge players I have looked up to and watched how they perform to try to put into my own performance."
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Ronny and Rooney
Cristiano was exceptional for the Red Devils in the 2007-08 season, scoring 42 goals in 49 appearances before earning his dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu a year later.
Meanwhile, Rooney was also a prolific part of that title-winning frontline and more recently, he has helped Rashford come through both at club and international level.
Rashford to replace Rooney?
In fact, his recent dip in form combined with Rashford's rapid development means that the 18-year-old is now ahead of his skipper in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Rooney began the season in Mourinho's starting line-up, however Rashford broke into the side following his stoppage time winner at Hull City and has scored three goals from his four Premier League appearances this term.
With Rooney watching on from the stands, Rashford found the back of the net against Leicester City and he also provided one of the few bright moments in an uninspiring 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk when he smashed the crossbar with a powerful half-volley.
Having been omitted from the England Under-21 squad, Rashford is almost certain to be included in the senior team and he'll hope he can impress caretaker manager Gareth Southgate when United host Stoke City this afternoon.
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