Dimitar Berbatov has claimed that Manchester United star Marcus Rashford tries to emulate parts of the game of Cristiano Ronaldo. United may have struggled for consistency since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013 but it is hoped that the young Rashford can fire them back to their glory days. The club have lost the iconic status in World football since the departure of Sir Alex with Rashford being one of the few homegrown talents that they can celebrate.
The youngster has drawn comparisons to Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney. Since bursting onto the first-team scene back in 2015, he has gone on to make 112 Premier League appearances so far and found the back of the net 29 times. Rashford does still have plenty of flaws in his game, one of which is his finishing. However, he is still only 21-years-old and will get better and likely iron out many of the errors in his game during the next few years.
“He’s different. He runs towards people, tries to beat people. He has the confidence. He is quick which I never was” Berbatov told the South China Morning Post.
“He is working on his shooting technique, I can see this. He’s trying to imitate Ronaldo with his free-kicks.
“The only thing he needs to work on is the finishing – the small details with his finishing. He’s still so young but he has experience.”
There is certainly credibility to Berbatov’s claims
Rashford grew up during a time when Ronaldo used to dominate the headlines for United so in all probability, he idolizes the Portugal international. CR7 also recently admitted during a recent interview with The Times that he still watches videos of Ronaldo and Messi and gains some tips from them on how to improve his own game.
So far, it certainly does not look like Rashford is as talented as Ronaldo and Messi. The latter duo were already regarded as world-class and among the best in the world when they were 21. Rashford by contrast is a quality player but it would be an exaggeration to say that he can currently be considered to be among the best in the World. Nevertheless, he is capable of developing into one of the best and can help lead United to silverware which is something that they have been lacking since 2013.