Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has a glorious future, says Matteo Darmian
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 17/04/17 2:34pm
Marcus Rashford can become “one of the most important players in the world”, according to Manchester United team-mate Matteo Darmian.
The 19-year-old striker opened the scoring in United's 2-0 win over leaders Chelsea on Sunday as United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 22 matches.
Rashford has now scored nine goals this term but has been restricted to just 14 Premier League starts due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's prolific form this season.
"I think Marcus is a great player," Darmian said. "He is still very, very young and I think he is very important for us.
"With his quality, he can be one of the top players, one of the most important players, in the world.
"I think he is very good in every part of the game, he has a very good shot, movement, speed.
"Sometimes for a striker, it is a normal there is a not as good period [in terms of scoring goals] but I hope he continues like this, because it helps the team to reach the objective."
United have a game in hand on fourth-placed Manchester City, trailing their local rivals by four points in the race for Champions League qualification through the Premier League.
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The other objective for Jose Mourinho's side this season is to win the Europa League to secure their spot in Europe's premier club competition.
"We know our characteristic," Darmian said. "Sometimes, of course, we draw a lot of games at home.
"We deserve to win a lot of games but sometimes it is not possible to win and we draw.
"We lost a lot of points at home but I think we have a chance with six or seven games to go, so still the possibility in our hands.
"This kind of game [beating Chelsea] gives us confidence. I think everyone is concentrated for this end of the season because we know we play for two big opportunities.
"One is the Europa League and the second is finish in the top four because I think playing in the Champions League is a very good objective for next season.
"We have to fight and try to win as many games as possible."