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Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford aims to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo

Sagnik Kundu
1.30K   //    02 Oct 2016, 15:37 IST
Marcus Rashford has scored 4 goals from 8 games this season

Cristiano Ronaldo has found a new admirer in Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford.  The 18-year-old sensation has named Ronaldo as his idol and the person he wants to emulate during his career.

The incredible ascent of Marcus Rashford since last season is the most popular story in England right now. Speaking to Skys Sports Soccer AM, the English youngster informed that he harbours the dream of reaching the Portugues star's level and spoke about Ronaldo's impact in the attacking half.

"In recent years Ronaldo is the example," Rashford said of the former Manchester United man, "Wherever you put him in the attacking three he's going to make an impact and the opposition are going to fear him. Being a constant threat, that's what I need to develop."

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Rashford burst into the season when he thrilled the Old Trafford crowd with two goals on his senior team debut against Midtjylland FC in a Europa League fixture. The United academy graduate grabbed his opportunity in Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial's absence and has since then scored in his Premier League debut against Arsenal, his debuts for the senior and U-21 England team, and also on his FA cup debut.

He also scored the all-important goal in last season's Manchester derby and is in superb form since the start of this season scoring four goals in eight matches in all competitions. He flourished under Van Gaal in his debut season and has not looked back since.

Rashford also spoke about how he used to watch Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo link-up together and how that inspired him as a player. He is now effectively looking to replace United skipper Rooney from Jose Mourinho's starting line-up.

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"[Wayne] Rooney and Ronaldo were unreal [together]. In 2007-08 it was an unreal partnership, they have been huge players I have looked up to and watched how they perform to try to put into my own performance."

Coming off two successive Premier League defeats United put up a stellar performance against holders Leicester City winning 4-1. United are looking to make a four-match winning streak in all competitions as they deck up to host Stoke City later today. The Potters have not managed a single win against United at Old Trafford since 1976.

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