Marcus Rashford has the ability and pedigree to become a Manchester United legend, according to former iconic striker Andy Cole.
Rashford burst on the Premier League scene last season and has continued to impress, not just for United but also for England.
His hat-trick for England’s under-21s in the 6-1 victory over Norway on Tuesday night again demonstrated his quality.
It is a quality that Cole believes is rare and can only serve the 18-year-old well over the coming years of his career.
‘Will he become a Manchester United legend? We’re all hoping he can be,’ he said during an exclusive interview with 888Sport.
‘He’s had a great start to his career: he’s been brilliant and I’m hoping he has enough games this season to show everyone how good he is.
‘He has all the qualities for the big time and, like myself, he nicks a goal.’
Cole, who many believe didn’t get enough praise or publicity when he was playing, scored 93 goals in 195 games for the Red Devils.
His most successful time with the club was the 1998-99 season when United won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.
Those were the best times as Cole remembers them, and he believes under Jose Mourinho, the club is ready to dominate once again.
‘I’m hoping the good times are returning and you can certainly see a swagger,’ the 44-year-old admits.
‘All the players are about what he (Mourinho) wants to win. The few games we’ve had so far you can see the fear factor returning and that’s what Manchester United is all about.
‘These past few years teams have gone to Old Trafford believing they can win. When you played under Sir Alex Ferguson teams would just hope they wouldn’t get beat by five.
‘Mourinho is bringing that back now and they’re starting to look like the old United.’
Sir Alex Ferguson regarded Cole as one of the best strikers to ever play under him and the former frontman thinks there are similarities between his old boss and Mourinho.
He added: ‘Mourinho and Guardiola are both very good managers and both achieved so much but Jose has the same great aura about him as Sir Alex.
‘When you look at what he’s done in the game – going to Italy and Spain and doing it out there – and now he’s trying to emulate his phenomenal record in England.’