Rashford: Liverpool was never an option

Marcus Rashford has claimed that joining Manchester United felt like a "natural" decision.

Marcus Rashford scored twice in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool in 2017-18   -  Getty Images

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford has dismissed suggestions that he was close to signing for Liverpool as a youngster.

Rashford came through the academy ranks at United having joined the Red Devils aged seven, making his senior debut in February 2016 and going on to establish himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford, and for England.

And, ahead of United's Premier League clash with rival Liverpool, Rashford – who scored a double in a 2-1 victory for Jose Mourinho's side the last time the two sides met – has insisted he never considered joining the Merseyside club.

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"No. Liverpool was never an option," Rashford, who learned his trade at amateur club Fletcher Moss, told Sky Sports.

"Liverpool, City, Everton - there was no other club I really would have enjoyed going to other than United. It just felt the natural thing to do.

"For a lot of us, United was the one. Everyone grew up a United fan and United and Fletcher Moss always had a good relationship, players in the past had made that switch, so United was natural."

United sits in sixth heading into Sunday's encounter at Anfield, 16 points behind Jurgen Klopp's side.