Marcus Rashford hails Paul Pogba as a complete midfielder

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Marcus Rashford has a lot to prove this season after bursting onto the scene with five goals in 11 Premier League appearances last campaign.

The 18-year-old faces an uphill battle to become a regular name on the team sheet under new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho with Zlatan Ibrahimovic the latest striker competing for the first-choice role.

Rashford can only benefit from training alongside household names day in, day out as he continues his development.


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The England international stands to learn a lot from senior members of the Red Devils squad, but one colleague in particular has commanded his attention despite playing in a different position.

Rashford has been keeping a close eye on Paul Pogba – who returned to United for a world-record £89 million transfer fee – and believes his quality could transform any team.

"He's a midfielder who can do everything," he told the official United website.

"He can go forward, he can sit, he can score goals and create goals and he can defend. He's an all-round player who would benefit any team. We're just lucky to have him.”

Rashford also praised the influence that Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick have had on younger players at the club, citing their experience as a major benefit to the entire squad.

“It’s amazing to have both of them to learn from. You’ve also got someone like Michael [Carrick] too. You pick up bits from each of their games and put them into your own.

“They’ve won so many trophies. I think Zlatan’s won 30 trophies and Wayne and Michael are two of the most decorated players in football so there is a lot to learn from them. And not only for me, but the other young players who are coming through.

“Everything that we’re going through and will go through in the next few years, they’ve been there and done it and can tell us all about it. So it’s a real benefit for us to have them.”

Mourinho has secured four new signings this summer as he seeks to guide United back to the summit of domestic and European football.

The Portuguese has shelled out around £160 million to lure Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly to Old Trafford.

While the three latter stars are expected to feature in the Red Devils’ Premier League curtain-raiser away to Bournemouth on Sunday, Pogba is ineligible to take part.

As per Sky Sports, the Football Association has revealed the Frenchman is suspended for the opening weekend of the season due to him receiving two yellow cards during the 2015-16 Coppa Italia – the second coming in the final, which was his last appearance for Juventus.

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