Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford has revealed that he watches video footage of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in order to improve his game.
“I still watch clips of loads of players, Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar.
“If they’ve done something at the weekend, I’d want to know how they’ve done it. Messi’s natural abilities are crazy. It’s a joy to watch him but also for the [way he uses] space” Rashford said, as quoted by The Times.
“I remember the first time I played Barcelona in pre-season [in Maryland, 2017], the team were like clockwork based around him.
“It wasn’t necessarily what Messi was doing on the ball that was, ‘Wow.’ It was the positions he was taking up, and how he affected a game without even touching the ball, that were also special.
“When I was younger, I’d watch games, watch clips on YouTube, then go out, and try everything. I watched Ronaldinho doing that flip-flap.
“I watched a lot of the Brazilian Ronaldo when I was really young.
“Ronaldo was the one that made you love the game and want to try things that people wouldn’t normally try. Just everything. It’s not scripted.”
The 21-year-old is expected to lead the line on a regular basis for the Red Devils this season following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. He will be hoping to emulate the heroics that Ronaldo performed at Old Trafford between 2003-2009.
Rashford certainly started the season well on Sunday as United romped to a 4-0 victory against Chelsea as he went on to bag a brace. The other goals on the day came from Anthony Martial and Daniel James who came on as a substitute.
Rashford who has drawn comparisons to United’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney will be looking to improve upon the 13 goals which he scored in all competitions last season.
United lack a player as gifted as Cristiano Ronaldo right now
United currently lack an attacker who is as gifted as Cristiano Ronaldo and this is one of the reasons as to why they are not really expected to challenge for any major silverware this season. It will be considered impressive if they attain a top four finish while playing well in the Cup competitions and giving the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City a run for their money. They will also be hoping that the likes of young talent such as Rashford, Aaron Wan Bissaka, James and Mason Greenwood can blossom this season.
There is little chance of Ronaldo coming up against United this season
There is little chance of United coming up against Juventus this season. The only way that that could potentially happen is if the Old Lady of Italian football play poorly during their Champions League group stage games and drop down to the Europa League where United will play this season.