Marcus Rashford’s former youth team coach Paul McGuinness has revealed there was a time when the striker wanted to ‘play like Pirlo’.
The 19-year-old striker made his Manchester United debut in the 2015/16 season, after a number of injuries left Louis Van Gaal’s attacking options looking bare.
He scored twice in a 5-1 victory over FC Midtjylland, and followed that with another brace, this time in the Premier League against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
But McGuinness said the player’s career could have taken a very different path if Rashford had gotten his own way.
“We decided, myself, Warren Joyce and Colin Little, that he was a very good footballer,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “He could be a, a winger, beat people, he used to drop off into midfield.
“There was one tournament where he wanted to play like Pirlo. But we saw his potential to be a striker. We worked on his body shape, different runs. He’s a really, really intelligent lad in terms of football. He picked it up very quickly.”
Rashford’s progression has been well documented since his breakthrough in to the first team at United. He scored five Premier League goals in 2015/16 and the same number in 2016/17.
He has also broken into Gareth Southgate’s England squad and is seen as one of the country’s finest young footballer.