It has been a pretty sensational eight months in the career of Manchester United starlet, Marcus Rashford.
Back in February, the English prodigy was surprisingly handed his Red Devils debut in a Europa League match against FC Midtjylland and since that decision by then manager Louis van Gaal, he has not looked back.
Now a key figure in the United setup under Jose Mourinho, Rashford has earned widespread acclaim and now even his club and national captain, Wayne Rooney, is heading to the press to show his admiration for the 18-year-old.
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England's record goal scorer has backed his team-mate to become a superstar both in the Premier League and on the international circuit.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Rooney believes Rashford is only scratching the surface of his talent and could surpass all expectations of him:
"I think Marcus is doing fantastic," Rooney said. "He is probably one of the most exciting players in world football, young players, at the minute.
"I am sure if he keeps working hard and developing he'll be a superstar in years to come."
Rashford has forced his way back into England's senior squad after a spell with the U21 in which he scored a hattirck against Norway.
Rooney also believes the youngster has earned his reward of a recall after being left out of Sam Allardyce's first and only national squad.
"It's important with exciting young players that they get the rewards they deserve and I think he deserves it," he continued.
"He's been fantastic since he got into the Manchester United squad and he's carried that on again this season so he fully deserves his chance to be in the squad and to play.
"And I'm sure if he does that he will take his opportunity."
Despite being much maligned for his form of late, Rooney knows a thing or two about breaking into the highest level of the game during teenage years.
The striker announced himself on the world stage at just 16-years-old with a sensational winning goal against Arsenal while playing for Everton in 2003.
Rashford may be hard pushed to emulate his colleague's achievements, but his current career progress suggests that it is certainly not out of the equation.
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