Gary Neville heaps praise on Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has heaped praise on the performances of Marcus Rashford and believes the Englishman would be the player to transform the club’s fortunes in the future. Rashford had been in-and-out of the first-team under the guidance of Jose Mourinho earlier in the summer but the Portuguese’s dismissal has meant that he has regularly led the line ahead Romelu Lukaku.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville highlighted that the United graduate has enormous potential within himself and he could set the example for the club’s success in years to come, he quipped: “The spring in the counter-attack is there and Rashford playing up front is fantastic – I love him to bits. He’s played nearly 150 games at the age of 21 and his potential is enormous. It’s actually now stepping up beyond the potential to where he will be a top-class player. People will talk about Romelu Lukaku and how is he getting back in the team – don’t worry about that, worry about the kid that’s playing that’s going to devastate teams.”

Rashford has netted three times from the four games he has featured under caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and during this period, he has been regularly entrusted to lead the line. Owing to this, Romelu Lukaku has found himself settling for a bench role since returning from his compassionate leave but things could change for the Belgian going forward, given he has likewise made an impact with goals from bench against Bournemouth and Newcastle United.

United are currently occupying the sixth position on the table with 38 points and this sees them six adrift of Chelsea, who are holding onto the final Champions League spot. Next up, they are scheduled to face Tottenham Hotspur on the road and the game may define whether they can remain competent against the elite teams which has not been the case during the first half of the season.