Champions League: “He can be world class” – Marcus Rashford shines again in Paris


Marcus Rashford has won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League so far in his career

Parc des Princes is home to a fast forward with ideas of being the best player in the world, but not for the first time that Kylian Mbappe has been eclipsed by his counterpart as Manchester United claimed another famous victory.

Nineteen months ago Marcus Rashford stepped in to score a last-minute penalty against Paris St-Germain and send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to the last eight of the Champions League.

This time it was just a group game, but the result was the same – Rashford finding the far post to land a wonderful 87th minute winner and leave Mbappe frustrated again.

Solskjaer said after the game that Rashford and Mbappe were “both potentially the best strikers for the next 10-15 years,” but how does Rashford stack up against the World Cup winner in France?

‘He can be world class’

At 21 Mbappe was already the subject to a transfer of £ 165m and is quickly approaching 100 goals for PSG.

He has won Ligue 1 four years in a row and has four other club medals to his name – not to mention that World Cup victory.

Rashford is 14 months older and not as prolific – although he has already reached 40 caps for England and landed an MBE.

Kylian Mbappe has scored 19 goals in the Champions League, including four against English teams. He still has time to become the youngest player to reach 20 goals in the competition, breaking Lionel Messi’s 2010 record (22 years 267d).

“Marcus is a good footballer and he has quality,” said Solskjaer.

“He took his goal very well and he developed to be a very good striker. Both players seem very humble and work hard. It’s nice to see them succeed. “

“Rashford can certainly be world class if he continues to improve,” former United captain Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“He has to add that poacher element to his game. When Wayne Rooney signed for United he scored outrageous goals, he didn’t score ugly goals. He became obsessed with the goal.

“Marcus scores fantastic goals and creates fantastic goals – if he can make this bad side of the game, then this kid can be amazing.

“The difference between Rashford and Mbappe is that when Mbappe takes the ball I’m on the edge of my seat because he’s getting ready to go to goal. Marcus will look up and think about it some more. “

‘You might only have one chance’

Solskjaer said this Paris victory lacked the “euphoria” of winning last 16 games last year, with this game being played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus.

Bruno Fernandes famously put United in the lead from the – caught – penalty spot before Anthony Martial made a mistake with a header into his own net.

Mbappe’s best moment came when he completed two challenges, but saw David de Gea make a mid-air stop to beat his shot.

And Rashford then broke through the winner with three minutes left after failing to make the most of a clear counterattack a few minutes earlier.

“It’s a different feeling than the last time we won here, it was at the start of the group stage but we beat a fantastic team,” said Solskjaer.

“The last time it was a knockout and it was euphoric, it’s sterile without the fans but it’s still great and we deserved to win. ”

“For me, those are the two chances to win the game,” said Rashford.

“As a forward, late in the game it’s the mentality. You might only get one chance. This earns us three points. “


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