Manchester United under-21 sensation Marcus Rashford told to copy Ruud van Nistelrooy

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Marcus Rashford has been urged to copy Ruud van Nistelrooy if he wants to be a Manchester United success.

Manchester United are hopeful they have a gem in Marcus Rashford, and are hoping he can become an elite striker.

Rashford, 18, scored his first under-21 goal of the season last night as he came off the bench to net in a 6-1 victory against Leicester City.

The young forward has been in form for the under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League this term, scoring three goals in five games.

Rashford has even been on the bench for the first team in the Premier League in recent clashes against Watford and Leicester City.

Academy coach Paul McGuiness has urged the young striker to develop a ruthless edge like a United great once possessed.

He told the club's official website: ""He’s starting to understand that part of his game and needs to now get a real goal addiction. He needs to score every type of goal.

"He can score unbelievable goals, dribbling past three defenders, but he needs to be more like Ruud van Nistelrooy where it goes in off his knee, or comes back off the bar or the keeper and he puts in the rebound. Real goalscorer’s goals. But Marcus is working hard at it." 

Given the way Louis van Gaal has handed first team opportunities to youngsters this season, it is not unthinkable that Rashford will get a first team chance.

Up front has certainly been a blind spot for the Dutchman, and his decision to loan out James Wilson remains perplexing bearing in mind their lack of options, but if Rashford keeps making progress then he could be a beneficiary of that decision.

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