Marcus Rashford names his fastest opponent; hails influence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal

The Manchester United striker has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances this campaign.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford this week revealed who the quickest player he has ever came up against was and hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s quiet impact, in an interview with YouTuber Spencer Owen.

We all know about Rashford’s blistering pace, as Martin Demichelis would certainly testify.

The 18-year-old burned the Manchester City defender in the city derby at the Etihad last season, leaving him for dead on the way to notching the winner past Joe Hart.

Manchester City's Fernandinho in action with Manchester United's Marcus Rashford - Manchester derby

The Argentine failed to start another game for the club and has since yet to play for his new side Espanyol in La Liga.

Many have said Rashford’s speed destroyed Demichelis’ career, they’re not too far off.

It is undoubtedly that attribute alongside his directness that makes Rashford such a danger. In an attack that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the teenager provides another dimension with his pace.

Though, even if his speed can help him beat almost any defender, Rashford found it tough on one occasion against Arsenal — he insisted when speaking in an interview with Spencer Owen.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin in action with Tottenham's Dele Alli (C) and Mousa Dembele

“[Hector] Bellerin,” the Wythenshawe-born forward said when asked to name his fastest opponent.

“I remember I was on the left and I knocked it past him, got to the ball but then I couldn’t turn because I could see him coming. I could feel his presence.”

Rashford’s answer is not totally surprising given the right-back at the Emirates has even discussed the possibility of racing Usain Bolt.

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The United man was also asked to explain the influence Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had on him since the Swede first arrived in the summer.

"He's probably helped me improve more than what he thinks," the England international told Spencer Owen in the YouTuber’s video.

"Without even saying anything, just me watching him, his hold up play and how he dictates his game.

"There's a lot more to learn.”

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford scores their first goal

Despite his superb breakthrough in the last seven months, Rashford has showed no signs of slowing down.

He has four goals from seven appearances in all competitions already this term and has forced his way into Jose Mourinho's first-team reckoning after originally being seen as an impact substitute.

The starlet's latest goal against champions Leicester City on Saturday came as he was selected ahead of captain Wayne Rooney, a further indication of remarkable rise.

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