Rashford can emulate Ronaldo, says Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on in-form Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and said he could emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has has scored 13 goals this term – 10 of those coming in the Premier League.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Marcus Rashford can reach the level of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rashford continued his excellent form to start the season with another goal in United's stunning 2-1 derby win at Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday.

The 22-year-old United and England star has scored 13 goals this term – 10 of those coming in the Premier League.

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And Solskjaer backed Rashford to emulate five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, who claimed three Premier League titles and the Champions League with United before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.

"It's very easy to compare the two of them, yeah," said United boss Solskjaer. "Both with skills, body shape, attitude, attributes - everything.

"The boy [Rashford] has every chance in the world to become a top, top player. Let's hope he continues like this.

"I don't want to talk about the amount of goals. As long as he keeps being positive and being direct and thinking about getting in front of the goal and getting chances, he'll score goals."

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United – up to fifth in the Premier League standings following wins over City and Tottenham – welcomes Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday.

However, United has a game before that as the side will face AZ Alkmaar in its sixth and final Group L Europa League fixture on Thursday.

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