Wayne Rooney reveals Manchester United players' first impressions of Marcus Rashford

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Marcus Rashford, at just 18 years old, has already made a name for himself in the Manchester United squad and won two trophies with the Red Devils, including the FA Cup and Community Shield.

But the United academy graduate has not been on the scene for long at all. In fact, this time last year, the forward was an unknown quantity and didn't look within reach of the first team squad.

However, while Louis van Gaal's success at Old Trafford was limited, the Dutchman is to thank for the rise of Rashford who, in the space of seven months, has gone from academy player to United's second choice striker.


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If Zlatan Ibrahimovic had not arrived at the club this summer, the 18-year-old would likely have started the campaign up front for Jose Mourinho, with captain Wayne Rooney having been forced into a deeper midfield role.

However, the United captain admits Rashford's rapid rise to stardom took the first team players by surprise, also, after the forward netted four goals in two games, to help United beat both FC Midtjylland on his United debut in February, before seeing off Arsenal in the Premier League, three days later.

Speaking to MUTV, as reported by The Mirror, Rooney admitted: "He's incredible. He got thrown in last season when us as players weren't sure if he was ready.

"He scored two goals and since then he hasn't looked back.

"His attitude is fantastic. He wants to work, he wants to learn. Some of the younger players, nowadays in football, they haven't really got that attitude."

Rashford's attitude shone through just days after his fairytale rise into the Manchester United squad, when he returned to sixth form to continue with his studies, despite, at this point, it being clear the player was going to have a career within the sport.

Rashford showing maturity

And it's the professional and mature nature of Rashford that has Rooney believing he can follow in his own footsteps.

"It's great to see and he's getting the rewards for it because he's some talent. If he keeps going he'll be a star for this club and for England." Rooney added.

But despite currently playing second fiddle to Ibrahimovic, following calls for Mourinho to partner the England forward up front with the Swedish striker, Rashford has still managed to net three goals in his last five appearances.

Rashford's strike in Wednesday night's 3-1 EFL Cup win at Northampton made it 12 goals in 28 appearances, since making his debut. And fans had hoped both Rooney and Ibrahimovic could tutor the youngster, in order for him to become more prolific in front of goal.

Rooney: Let him play

However, Rooney admits they are leaving the United youngster to express himself, rather than overload Rashford with information and advice, based on their own experiences.

"With players like that, you want to let them just play. You don't want to teach them how to play football because they can play football." said Rooney.

"You want them to play and have that freedom to go and play and express themselves. I think that's what your seeing with Marcus. He's expressing himself, he's scoring goals and it's great for the team."

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