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Neville: ‘Special’ Rashford can be as great as Mbappe

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Ex-Manchester United defender Phil Neville believes “world-class” Marcus Rashford has the potential to be considered in the same breath as Kylian Mbappe.

The 21-year-old forward has overseen a remarkable upturn in form at Old Trafford since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager in December.

To date, Rashford has managed seven goals and four assists in 16 appearances under Solskjaer and his profile only grew on Wednesday by scoring a 94th-minute penalty to send United through the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.

This marks quite the turn around in fortunes for Rashford given that his United future was under immense doubt due to a lack of regular opportunities under former manager Jose Mourinho.

The England international recently even paid tribute to Solskjaer for being a “massive help” in his development with the Norweigan even putting him into his favoured centre-forward position.

Now Neville is predicting greatness from Rashford after watching him star on the same stage as Mbappe during United’s Champions League win over PSG.

“There were two special youngsters on the pitch in Mbappe and Rashford,” Neville told talkSPORT.

“I said this around eight months ago, but I firmly believe Rashford has the ability to be held in the same breath as Mbappe – he’s that good.

“Marcus is a special, special player. He is world class. He’s playing with an arrogance and a swagger.

“England and Manchester United are very lucky to have someone like that who purposes the kind of bravery, courage and speed to be a top-level player.”

Neville added: “He’s just getting better and better, the sky is the limit for him.

“What he went through with Jose Mourinho, in terms of the changing of positions and discipline, has actually helped him so much in the long run.

“He’s really seeing the benefits of it now, quite evidently that has taught him how to deal with negative situations and kick on. He’s a special player.”

While Mourinho was in charge of United, Rashford registered 28 goals and 20 assists in 128 appearances.

Now the English striker will be hoping to continue his fine form in Sunday’s trip to the Emirates Stadium, where United will take on Arsenal in the Premier League.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 06: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides third goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United at Parc des Princes on March 06, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)