United Academy chief compares Marcus Rashford to Arsenal legend
By Alex Taylor
Former Manchester United star Nicky Butt has claimed that Marcus Rashford reminds him of former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.
The Gunners forward was an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ team in the 2003/04 season and remains the club’s leading scorer with 226 goals from 368 appearances.
Marcus Rashford is proof of the strength of United’s academy set-up, currently headed by Butt.
Rashford has now scored on his Premier League, Europa League, England and England Under-21 debuts since he was unleashed into the United first team last season.
When asked if Rashford had the hallmarks of the north London superstar, Butt told The Times: “Yes. Blistering pace. When Marcus runs at you, you can’t stop him.”
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Despite the positive message, Butt passed on some words of warning to the 18-year-old.
“Until he gets his physicality about him he’s going to find it very hard to play up against some of these centre halves.
“It depends how the manager [Jose Mourinho] is going to play; if he plays a Michael Carrick, who can clip balls in for Marcus to run on to, then it’s all different, he can run in behind all day.”
Rashford has scored one goal in one Premier League game so far this season, to add to the 13 strikes and two assists he bagged in 35 appearances last campaign.
The starlet will now be hoping he has done enough to earn himself a place in United’s first team for the Manchester derby on Saturday lunchtime, although his first-team time looks like it might be more limited under Mourinho.
Arsenal have nurtured an array of young attacking threats themselves in recent years including: Alex Iwobi, Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chuba Akpom.