English Premiership

Mourinho tips Rashford for major success

Marcus Rashford (Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Marcus Rashford has the potential to be one of the greatest strikers to ever play for the club.

With 14 goals in 43 appearances at the age of just 19, Mourinho highlighted that the England international could surpass both Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney's records at the Premier League side.

"Marcus, he is 19. If he plays Man United until the end of his career, maybe Marcus can do it [break the club's goal scoring record] but Rooney scored a lot of goals," he told reporters.

"I don't know the distances, really, but I think the ones that are close are players that left United already."

The Portuguese tactician revealed that he spoke directly to the young forward at half-time after he missed two glaring opportunities to put the result beyond doubt but was delighted that he managed to find the net on two occasions.

"I spoke with him at half-time. I told him that I don't care with the goals he missed in the first half because he had big responsibility in the way we were breaking their defensive line.

"He was playing so well for us. One more goal, one less goal - it doesn't change. But obviously for an attacking player to score a goal means happiness, means confidence, so it was good for him."