Paul Scholes believes Marcus Rashford can emulate Barcelona star

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After seemingly suffering from a case of second-season syndrome, Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford has been back in the limelight in the last week or so following two sensational performances for the Red Devils.

The young English striker ran Chelsea's defenders ragged in the 2-0 win at Old Trafford and against Anderlecht on Thursday, Rashford scored the crucial goal in extra-time to send Jose Mourinho's side into the Europa League semi-final's, where they will meet Spanish side, Celta Vigo.

One of Europe's hottest prospects seems to have finally earned the trust of the self-proclaimed 'Special One' - maybe he can give Luke Shaw a few tips - and now, pundits are once again drooling over the striker.


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United legend Paul Scholes was one of the many heaping praise on Rashford and speaking to BBC 5 Live, the former Red Devils midfielder believes the Englishman can reach the levels of Europe's elite.

"People like Neymar, he's got that ability I think. It's a lot to live up to I know that kind of ability but I think he's got that in him and he can be a world star."

Nothing like the ever-predictable over-hyping of the English media. Our young stars can never get a break, can they? Of course, Rashford does have the talent to reach dizzying heights but to compare him to Neymar after a short burst of form is a tad rash.

Scholes even believes that the 19-year-old would be the first choice forward now for the big games over Zlatan Ibrahimovic and this isn't even taking into account the fact that the big Swede is now ruled out for the season.

"He'd be the central striker now in big games. Definitely in big games. You saw the difference on Sunday to what it did to the speed of the team.

"He almost occupied three centre-halves and Kante trying to get back at him as well. He gives space to other people by running in behind."

Not sure many United fans would have agreed had Ibrahimovic not hyper-extended his knee in the win over Anderlecht.

However, given the current predicament, Rashford will be the first-choice striker for the rest of the campaign with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney fading further into obscurity every week.

Who knows, United may benefit from an alteration to their system in the post-Zlatan weeks, as they did against Chelsea, but the praise from Scholes may be a bit too far.

Just looking at Kylian Mbappe and the ridiculous level he is currently playing at suggests that Rashford has a long, long way to go before being compared to the world's elite.

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