“He looks stronger” – Paul Scholes names Manchester United star who can take ‘mantle’ off Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Marcus Rashford is the youth who can replace Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoes at the club.
Rashford has been outstanding for Manchester United this season, scoring 15 goals and assisting six times in 25 appearances. He scored in the 82nd minute to earn Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on January 13.
Speaking about the forward, Scholes said on BT Sport (via Eurosport):
“His physique, he looks stronger, he looks more powerful, almost in the Cristiano mould. Doing stuff like this, it’s like he’s taken that mantle off Cristiano, of being that match-winner.”
“He’s done it for a shorter period of time, can he go on? A new manager has helped with a bit more discipline. We saw what happened a few weeks ago and he knows he can’t do that.”
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He further added that while Rashford is yet to reach Ronaldo’s level, he has the potential to do so. Scholes added:
“The way he’s going, he has become a match winner. Not yet like Cristiano, it’s too early to say but I think there is potential there.”
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also showered praise on Rashford, saying:
“He looks like a different beast. He looks like he is growing into his frame now and turning into a man.
“I’ve watched a few games recently and he looks like the oldest kid in the playground at times. That is testament to being fully fit, also the work going on behind the scenes with him and a manager who looks like he has good, strong belief in him.”
“His mindset… it is one of the big things. He looks more aggressive, more on it and ‘I am the man. No one is taking the spotlight, I am that guy’. He has done it over eight games, we want to see it over a season and then beyond. The vein of form he is in now, he is up there with the best of them right now.”
Manchester United have signed Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement
Burnley loanee Wout Weghorst has joined the club. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr FC.
Weghorst joined Besiktas on loan after Burnley was relegated at the end of the 2021-22 season. The Red Devils reportedly paid the Turkish club £2.5 million to terminate the loan of the Dutch striker.