Solskjaer: Rashford can emulate Ronaldo and Rooney

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Marcus Rashford, placing him in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been in red-hot form, scoring five goals in his last seven matches.   -  Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Marcus Rashford to become "absolutely top class", in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

Rashford is in red-hot form with five goals in seven games since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho on a caretaker basis at Old Trafford last month. The 21-year-old forward marked his 150th United appearance by scoring in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion – taking his tally to 41 goals for the club.

And Solskjaer hailed the Manchester United sensation and England international.

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"He is only 21, but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21 and his work rate," said Solskjaer.

"If you look at the stats, I was told that he is younger than Ronaldo and Rooney to reach 150 appearances for Manchester United."

When asked if Rashford could reach the level of Ronaldo and Rooney, Solskjaer added: "Definitely - he can be absolutely top class. The more you score the more chance you have of being confident, running into the same positions. The way he works during the week is fantastic because he practices a lot.

"He is a proper Manc. You can't kick him and keep him down. He will stand up for a fight and stand up for himself and a team-mate. It is a pleasure working with him."