Manchester United fully expect to face serious transfer enquiries from Barcelona and Real Madrid for star man Marcus Rashford in the transfer windows ahead, according to one pundit.
The England forward was enjoying his most productive season to date having already scored a season’s best 19 goals before a back injury appeared to end his season early.
And while the player could be fit to return to action when the season eventually resumes, Clinton Morrison believes his fantastic form this season will only have increased interest in him from Spain’s big two.
The belief United have in Rashford prompted the Red Devils to cash in on Romelu Lukaku last summer and the 22-year-old is also said to be the main reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is against the idea of splashing out the best part of £200m to lure Harry Kane from Tottenham.
Morrison admits he has watched on in awe of the way Solskjaer has managed to get the best out of a player that Jose Mourinho seemed unable to do so with – and he can only see his form eventually result in Barca and Real come calling.
“I think [the way] Jose Mourinho set up the team, it didn’t really suit Marcus Rashford,” Morrison told talkSPORT.
“If you look at him now playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’s been terrific.
“And I think he’s just going to go from strength to strength to strength.
“And mark my words, I’m not trying to make him leave Man United, but I think a club like Barcelona, Real Madrid will come knocking because I think he’s an exceptional talent and he’s mentally strong.
“For a person at such a young age, he’s played a lot of football, he is mentally strong and he is a terrific player.
“For me I think Rashford’s one of the best footballers around at the moment.”
Despite Morrison’s observation, Rashford believes Mourinho’s tough love improved him as a player and the United striker was keen to put on record earlier this week his appreciation of the job the Portuguese firebrand did at Old Trafford.
“It was tough but I think in five or six years’ time, you look back on it and they’re the moments that will give you that mental toughness,” Rashford said on the official United Podcast.
“Because as an all-round player, I think I’ve improved a lot and a lot of it is down to them two years under Jose.
“Yeah, we had ups and downs, but when I look back on it, it was a tough period but definitely a period that made me a better player.”
Rashford on Jadon Sancho deal
As well as being an all-round nice guy and helping with local communities, Rashford has also recently spoken about the prospect of Jadon Sancho moving to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
United were heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho last summer after his outstanding season in the Bundesliga.
Indeed, that interest has not waned and it now seems a deal is close to being announced.
Speaking about the prospect of teaming up with Sancho for United, Rashford commented: “It would be good [if Jadon Sancho joined]. Sancho is a great player.
“He’s like the new generation player. It’s definitely exciting to watch the player he’s becoming – credit to him.
“Hopefully we can all play together. That would be good.”
Pressed on why he believes Sancho has become a top-class talent sought after across Europe, Rashford said: “He plays off the cuff. He’s imaginative.
“I think in this generation, they’re the things you need to be world class.”