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Ferdinand believes Rashford can match French duo

Former Manchester United defender is certain that the teenager could not be at a better place to prosper as one of the brightest.

Rio Ferdinand is confident that Marcus Rashford is on the right track to establish himself as one of the most promising youngsters in football, but he still has some catching up to do.

The 19-year-old has been impressive since the start of the season, earning a spot in the starting XI of the Red Devils while scoring five goals across all competitions. Rashford’s showing on the pitch has earned himself a nomination for the 2017 Golden Boy award, but Rio believes that he has to prove himself at the highest level in order to be considered equal to Dembélé and Mbappé.

“You have got Dembélé who has gone to Barcelona and Mbappé who has gone to PSG,” Ferdinand told The Mirror.  “Would you say Rashford is of the same ilk as them?

“I think potentially he is as good as those guys, but they have done it in the Champions League, while he is yet to prove that.

“He has to keep proving himself, and there are so many hurdles you have to get over. These young players, we are too quick to say, ‘He can be this or that’.

“If he keeps improving, keeps working at his game and stays in love with football, he has got as good a chance as any kid in the game to be a real success and a huge star.”