Rashford Will Beat Rooney's Records - MourinhoManchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has predicted that teenage striker, Marcus Rashford will become the club’s all-time highest scorer, overtaking the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton and Club captain, Wayne Rooney in the process.
Rooney netted in United’s 4-0 victory over Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday to equal Charlton’s long-standing record of 249 goals for the club.
Rashford, 19, completed the Reading rout with a late double, and the Red Devils boss was so impressed with his performance he feels there is no limit to what the striker can achieve at Old Trafford, Goal writes.
“Marcus, he is 19,” Mourinho said of the striker who now has 14 club goals.
“If he plays at Manchester United until the end of his career, maybe Marcus can do it, but Rooney scored a lot of goals.
“I don’t know the distances, really, but I think the ones that are close to the record are players that have left United already. So, especially in modern football, I see it as being really difficult.”
United defender Chris Smalling agrees with his manager and believes the young striker can only get better given his enormous talent.
“If he can stay injury-free, there’s no stopping him in terms of what sort of records he could get,” said Smalling.
“I think it’s good to put the pressure on him because he can handle it. He’s shown that. He’s gone from one level to the next level. He could have had more goals and he still ended up with two.
“He’s so down to earth.
“He is surrounded by a lot of his mates here so it helps that when it comes to this stage, it’s just another day for him. I hope he never changes, because he is such a great lad.”