Marcus Rashford is taking up the very same lessons Cristiano Ronaldo had at Manchester United to become a deadly goalscorer.
With Romelu Lukaku now out of the picture, Rashford is the new main forward at United and is clearly embracing the role.
The 21-year-old bagged a brace in United’s 4-0 demolition of Chelsea during last weekend’s Premier League opener. This caused the likes of Kleberson to set him the target of emulating Ronaldo’s legacy.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also keen for Rashford to up his game. He’s now urging him to get between the posts before shooting for goal in a similar manner to Ronaldo during the Sir Alex Ferguson days.
The England international is even undergoing the exact same finishing lessons Ronaldo had in Manchester. Besides that, Solskjaer is making sure he works on his one-touch and two-touch finishes.
The Norwegian clearly feels he’s got a potential world-class striker on his hands and wants to exploit it. In fact, Solskjaer’s confidence in Rashford led him to show Lukaku the exit door at Old Trafford this summer.
Now, the Daily Mirror claims that the former striker is personally overseeing Rashford and his fellow hitmen’s coaching sessions. Apparently, he’s got them all watching old videos of Ronaldo and other greats to better understand how they became lethal scorers.
Of course, Rashford is no stranger to watching videos of Ronaldo having done so regularly while growing up.
“When Ronaldo and [Wayne] Rooney were at their best, everyone wanted to be like them,” said Rashford.
“I was in the stands. I went to every home game since the age of six or seven.
“Ronaldo is the best I saw growing up and saw play live. He’s won five Ballon d’Ors and still has the determination and drive to improve. Most people don’t have that.
“Whenever people ask me if it’s Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, it’s always Ronaldo. Always.”