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Rashford is United’s new Cristiano Ronaldo, says Old Trafford icon Sharpe

Date Posted,April 25, 2017

Marcus Rashford is the new Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United – and the teenage star can be more lethal than crocked Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the closing weeks of the season.

That’s the view of former Old Trafford and England flyer Lee Sharpe, himself a teenage sensation after making his United debut at just 17.

And as Rashford prepares to lead the United attack for boss Jose Mourinho in the Manchester derby at The Etihad Stadium Sharpe has revealed he’s not been as electrified by a young Red Devil since David Beckham, Paul Scholes – and Ronaldo.

“The last time I was this excited about a United youngster was, well, you can go right back to Paul Scholes and David Beckham for that,” said Lee Sharpe, speaking exclusively to 888sport.

Marcus Rashford scores United’s winner vs Anderlecht (Photo: Rex Features)

“As for Ronaldo I can see the similarities. Everybody goes on about Rashford’s pace but he’s also got unbelievable feet for someone so quick.

“ He’s not small either and I like how his manager has coaxed him in gently and not put all the responsibility onto him straight away.

“He’s looking absolutely fantastic and now that he’s back playing in his favourite position of centre-forward he’s started to score goals as well.

“So I can see similarities with Cristiano – and if he becomes half the player Ronaldo is then we’re all in for a delight,” Sharpe added.

Mourinho has been devastated by the loss of super-Swede Ibrahimovic who, along with Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo, suffered a cruciate knee ligament in the Europa League quarter-finals against Anderlecht.

But Sharpe, now 45, believes Rashford should seize the moment – just like he did when he exploded on the scene under Louis van Gaal with stunning goals against Danish minnows Miditjylland and Arsenal early last year.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Bayern (Photo: REUTERS)
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