Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has told Marcus Rashford to be more greedy in front of goal to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kleberson joined United in the very same summer as Ronaldo in 2003 from Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense. He went on to play alongside the future five-time Ballon d’Or winner 17 times and won the FA Cup.

While the Portuguese rose to stardom at Old Trafford, however, Kleberson made just 30 appearances. The World Cup winner simply couldn’t break into the line-up before United sold him to Turkish side Besiktas for just €2.60m two years later.

But the former Brazil international had the rare privilege of watching Ronaldo developed during his early years.

And it seems that Kleberson feels that “unbelievable” Rashford has what it takes to match Ronaldo’s achievements after watching him bag a brace in United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea last weekend.

However, he warned the 21-year-old to start demanding to score more goals right away.

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“If Rashford plays like he did last weekend, he’ll score at least 18 goals this season,” Kleberson told

“He’s unbelievable and he only needs one opportunity to score. He’s had a great start and now has the confidence to continue.

“Now he has to take his chance and demand goals like Cristiano Ronaldo did at Man United. He has to look at his goals last season and say ‘I want to score more this year’.”

Rashford has managed 47 goals and 26 assists in 171 appearances for United since debuting for the first-team four years ago.

With Romelu Lukaku now at Inter Milan, the England international will likely become the main man in the Red Devils attack for this season.

Currently, Rashford is preparing for Monday’s trip to Wolves in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER – NOVEMBER 22: Kleberson of Manchester United.


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