Juan Mata reveals when Manchester United players realised Marcus Rashford was a special player

England v Slovakia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

As well as winning trophies, Europe's elite clubs pride themselves on having or producing wonder kids. 

There are a few names being tipped to one day replace Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as Ballon d'Or winners.  

After impressing at the UEFA under-21 European Championships, Real Madrid's Marco Asensio has burst on to the scene. 

The 21-year-old has broken into Madrid's first-team, sharing the pitch with a number of other Galactico's including Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos. 

Another player that's been impressing on the international stage is Liverpool's Ben Woodburn. The 17-year-old scored a cracker just minutes after coming on to make his Wales debut on Saturday.

It was the only goal of the game and an important one for his nations World Cup qualifying hopes. He followed that display with a second man of the match performance on Tuesday.  

Reds fans will be hoping Jurgen Klopp will give him a chance this season too and they'll be excited to see if he's cut out for the Premier League.  

Across the border in England, fans can boast about having a wonder kid of their own. Marcus Rashford.

England v Slovakia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

The 19-year-old has been a regular feature in Manchester United's team under Jose Mourinho and played at Wembley for his country on Monday night against Slovakia.

With the game level at 1-1, the young striker fired a shot from long range across the box and into the bottom corner.  

It turned out to be the match winning goal, almost certainly handing England qualification to the 2018 World Cup and earning Rashford a man of the match award too. 


With the international break over, he's returned to Manchester, where team mate Juan Mata has revealed the moment everyone realised they had a star on their hands. 

"Since the first moment we saw him in training, we thought he was something special," the midfielder told the Manchester Evening News, as per the Mirror

"I think he can be even bigger. He has a great mentality and great qualities to become a big, big player."


That's pretty high praise coming from a man who's won the Champions League, the European Championships and the World Cup.

If Rashford could finish his career with just one or two of those medals himself, he'd probably call that a success.

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