Jamie Redknapp reacts to Marcus Rashford performance v Villa

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp believes Marcus Rashford can go onto greatness at Manchester United, if allowed.

Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail he believes Marcus Rashford can follow in Dele Alli's footsteps, if he is allowed similar opportunities next season.

Rashford scored his seventh goal for Manchester United at the weekend, a winner against Aston Villa.

Redknapp believes Rashford could contend for next year's young player of the year award, and is looking forward to watching his progress.

The worry he has is whether the 18-year-old will get chances next season, with manager Louis van Gaal's future at the club in doubt.

He said: "Dele Alli has sewn up Young Player of the Year but I can’t wait to see if Marcus Rashford is challenging for that award next season.

"His goal against Aston Villa means he now has seven from his first 12 games — proving those strikes against Arsenal in February weren’t just a flash in the pan. Rashford will now be hoping that whoever replaces Louis van Gaal has a keen eye on giving youth a chance."

One of the managers strongly linked with taking over next season is Jose Mourinho, who does not have a strong track record of promoting youth at his former clubs.

Rashford is at least doing enough to demand opportunities, as their joint fourth highest scorer in all competitions on seven, with Memphis Depay, but just two of the Dutchman's goals have come in the Premier League.

Juan Mata has eight goals and Anthony Martial 13, with Wayne Rooney remaining their top goalscorer with 14 goals in all competitions, seven in the league.

 

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