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Robin van Persie describes Marcus Rashford in three words

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Robin van Persie may have only been at Manchester United for three years, but he certainly made his mark.

Having secured a £22.5 million move from Arsenal in the summer of 2012, the Dutchman scored 26 goals en route to the Premier League title in his first season at the club.

A string of injuries thereafter would curtail his time at United and eventually see him leave in 2015, but fans still hold Van Persie in high regard.

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October 20 should make for an interesting occasion, then, when Van Persie and new employers Fenerbahce travel to the Theatre of Dreams in the Europa League.

However, while the 33-year-old will inevitably be relishing the prospect of returning to Old Trafford, a part of him seems excited about playing against Marcus Rashford.

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Speaking ahead of the clash in two weeks' time, Van Persie hailed United's latest prodigy as a "very special player".

He told MUTV: "Marcus looks like a very special player to me. He has something about him.

"He's always playing with pace and good technique, always with his eyes focused on going straight to the goal.

"A very good player and he has a nice future ahead of him."

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High praise from Van Persie, who knows a thing or two about having good technique and an eye for goal.

Where Rashford's progress is concerned, the sky really is the limit following a meteoric rise that's seen the 18-year-old score on his United debut and since emerge as a regular starter under Jose Mourinho.

Indeed, three goals in five Premier League appearances this season has coincided with Rashford starting each of the last three games in all competitions, albeit on the wing.

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The England international has no chance of displacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the lone striker role but there's every chance he could soon join the Swede up top.

Gary Neville certainly believes the two can form a deadly partnership at United.

He said recently: "Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford seem to be a fit. Those two could eventually end up playing together.

"Ibrahimovic is clever enough to find the runs of Rashford. Rashford is clever. He isn't just a runner and a finisher."

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Robin Van Persie
Football
Premier League
Marcus Rashford
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League

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