Marcus Rashford could be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, says Manchester United coach Solskjaer

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been lauded for his brilliant performance in the Manchester derby and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Rashford could be as good as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

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In the much-awaited Manchester derby, Rashford scored a penalty after which the visitors doubled their lead courtesy a 29th-minute strike by Anthony Martial. Reigning champions Manchester City managed to seal a consolation goal after Nicolas Otamendi scored an open goal in the dying minutes of the game.

The English forward is playing on the left flank under Solsjaer in the current season, the same position Cristiano Ronaldo used to play when he was in the English Club. Ronaldo played for Manchester United under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo won two EPL titles, one Champions League title and his first Ballon d’Or while at Old Trafford. 

Man United manager Solskjaer said: “It’s very easy to compare the two (Ronaldo and Rashford) of them, yes.

“Both with skills, body shape, attitude, attributes – everything. The boy has every chance in the world to become a top, top player. Let’s hope he continues like this.”

Adding further, Solskjaer said, “I don’t want to talk about the amount of goals,” he said.

“As long as he keeps being positive and being direct and thinking about getting in front of the goal and getting chances, he’ll score goals.”

This is not the first time that the manager has heaped praises of the 22-year-old English international player. Solskjaer compared Rashford to Ronaldo after he scored a mind-blowing 30-yard free kick against Chelsea this season.

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While praising Rashford, Solskjaer made it clear that he has to perform better from previous seasons to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku, who joined the Italian side Inter Milan in 2019. Manchester United stands on the fifth place of the English Premier League table with 24 points, 4 less than the fourth positioned Chelsea and a massive 22 point deficit against the table toppers Liverpool.

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