Marcus Rashford can emulate Harry Kane's importance to Tottenham at Manchester United

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This time last year there was one English star on every fans' lips.

His goals were prompting a call-up to the England national team and, though he failed to help Tottenham to a top-four finish, Harry Kane established himself as one of the best strikers in the country.

Twelve months on and there is another talent taking the Premier League by storm. Marcus Rashford has saved Louis van Gaal from the axe at Manchester United, with the Red Devils still in contention to win their first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.


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Whether or not Van Gaal keeps his job beyond this season remains to be seen yet Rashford can star for United in the same way Kane has for Spurs.

With Wayne Rooney's influence waning and Anthony Martial forced out wide, Rashford has been given a sustained run in the first-team.

Two goals on his debut in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland propelled him into the spotlight, whilst another brace against Arsenal in the Premier League gave Van Gaal one of his best results in English football.

A brief drought struck but he returned to form in the Manchester derby, humiliating City defender Martin Demichelis to coolly slot the winner past Joe Hart.

Rashford has since followed that up with the stunning opener against West Ham in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before scoring another decisive goal in the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend.

The similarities between the young strikers are uncanny. Kane was largely overlooked when Mauricio Pochettino first arrived at White Hart Lane, but the struggles of Roberto Soldado and the exiling of Emmanuel Adebayor forced the Argentine to select him as the club’s main centre-forward.

And he had quite the season, scoring 31 times across all competitions and finding the net on his England debut in a 4-0 win over Lithuania in March last year.

He is expected to lead the line at the Euros this summer and is vying for the Golden Boot, with Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City closely behind him in the goalscoring charts.

And much like how Kane has done for Tottenham, Rashford is capable of becoming United's focal point for the future. Martial is special, but the local lad from Manchester could become an even bigger star.

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