Nicky Butt has some high praise for Marcus Rashford – and it covers more of his personality than his ability on the pitch.
After breaking into the Manchester United first team from February onwards last season, the young striker had to make do with starting this campaign in reserve for Jose Mourinho’s team.
The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic meant he became back-up striker in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 formation and would have to settle for games off the bench.
But his match-winning cameo in the 1-0 victory over Hull almost two weeks ago reminded everyone just how good Rashford is and his midweek hat-trick on his England Under 21 debut only added to that.
He’s now returning to United training with a legitimate chance of getting some game time in the derby against Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
And you could probably forgive Rashford for getting carried away with himself whenever he thinks about the incredible seven months he’s had since earning his debut for the club.
But that’s not the case – as United Head of Coaching Butt reveals Rashford is so down to earth he doesn’t even park his car with the rest of the first team players at the club.
Speaking in a Times interview with Henry Winter, Butt said: “You couldn’t pick a better player to be at this club, or any big club, than Marcus.
“He still parks his car out the front, not round the back with all the first team players.
“He comes in, looks you in the eye, talks to you, listens, asks questions. He sits next to his mates, eats his dinner with them when he can, but obviously has to eat with the first team sometimes.
“If you gave him £8million, he wouldn’t get carried away.
“Marcus will get opportunities in the first team because he’s that good.”
That will be reassuring to read for United fans worried about Rashford’s development at the club.
He’s burst on to the scene at 18 and there are worries that he could find the pressure of playing for one of England’s biggest teams too much at such a young age.
But his consistent goal return suggests he’s coping just fine with the hype – and you wouldn’t bet against him scoring again at the weekend when United welcome City to Old Trafford.
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