Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has backed Marcus Rashford to ‘keep learning and progressing’ after finishing the 2016-17 campaign in impressive fashion.
No player made more Man United appearances than Rashford last season, with the 19-year-old featuring on 53 occasions in all competitions.
The teenager found it difficult to make his mark in the latter stages of 2016, but he finished the campaign with 11 goals in all competitions.
Cole, who scored 121 times in 275 appearances for Man United between 1995 and 2001, has also insisted that playing alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stand Rashford in good stead moving forward.
Cole told MUTV:
“He keeps learning and keeps progressing. I think the start of the season was tough for him but what I liked about him was he went back to basics.
“How he got into the team was by getting in behind and stretching teams because no team likes players running in behind. He’s got pace in abundance and, from there, he gets enough space in his feet to run at people and, when he got back in the team, I thought he did really well.
“He is looking more and more like a centre-forward, aiming to get more and more goals, and he has got to be more clinical but that will come with age. He is only a baby. He’s learned from some good players, Zlatan and Wayne Rooney, and you’ve got to learn off players like that. It’s about taking bits of their game and adding it to your game so, come next season, he’ll be even better for it.”
Rashford was handed his Man United debut by Louis van Gaal during the 2015-16 campaign, and the forward managed eight goals in his first 18 first-team appearances for the Red Devils.
The teenager signed a new long-term contract with Man United in May 2016, meanwhile, and is committed to the 20-time English champions until the summer of 2020.