Marcus Rashford may be the next Adnan Januzaj, says Harry Redknapp

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Marcus Rashford has burst onto the scene at Manchester United this season, scoring an impressive seven goals in his first 11 senior appearances.

The teenagers fine form earned him a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad where he is expected to make his international bow in their upcoming friendlies against Turkey, Australia and Portugal.

Needless to say, expectation is sky high ahead of next season with the Red Devils faithful fully expecting Rashford to continue his fine form and become one of Europe's best strikers.


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However, Harry Redknapp has urged caution, saying the 18-year-old could find himself in the same position as one of his Manchester United team-mates next season.

Well, you can't exactly call Adnan Januzaj a team-mate because the Belgian has been languishing both on loan and in the Under-21 squad while Rashford bypassed him on his way to stardom.

Rocky road to stardom

But Rashford's meteoric rise has been similar to that of Januzaj's in the 2013/14 season when David Moyes handed the unknown teenager a prominent role in his first-team.

Back then, Januzaj was being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo while Manchester United handed him a lucrative five-year contract to make sure he stayed at Old Trafford.

Now, the winger is nowhere close to Louis van Gaal's first-team and instead finds himself constantly linked with a permanent transfer to one of the Premier League's mid-table clubs.

And Redknapp believes Rashford could just as easily head down the same road as Januzaj if Manchester United sign a world-class striker this summer and/or if Jose Mourinho becomes manager.

Redknapp's warning

Here's what Redknapp wrote in the Evening Standard:

"If they bring in another big-money striker — and it would be a massive gamble not to do so given how they have struggled for goals this season — then that will push Rashford back down to the pecking order. How many players have you seen that happen to over the years?

"Look at Adnan Januzaj. He looked like the greatest player we had seen for years when he first came in. Everyone thought he was a genius and United fans were baying for him to get a new contract to stop the risk of losing him for nothing. The club gave him a huge five-year deal, meanwhile every nation he was conceivably eligible to play for scrambled to get him.

"Then, suddenly United spend nearly £60m on Angel Di Maria and Januzaj dies a death. A change of manager, with people talking about Jose Mourinho coming in, could complicate things even more for Rashford just like Louis van Gaal replacing David Moyes did for Januzaj.

"Rashford looks to be a really promising player but the issue with rising so quickly is that it quickly becomes a long way to fall."

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