Manchester​ United manager has lavished praise on to young striker Marcus Rashford, claiming he has the potential to become the club's highest ever goal scorer.

 

Saturday saw United captain Wayne Rooney equal Sir Bobby Charlton's all time goal scoring record for the club. 

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His 249th strike proved an important one, as it helped the Red Devils progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

 

And speaking after his team's FA Cup victory against Reading, Jose Mourinho was keen to praise Rooney's potential successor and new club prodigy, Marcus Rashford.

 

The 19-year-old scored twice on Saturday, taking his United tally to 14. Yet, despite being a long way off Rooney's 249 goals, Mourinho believes Rashford could one day catch him, ​according to reports in the Mirror. 

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“Marcus, he is 19, if he plays at Manchester United until the end of his career, maybe Marcus can do it, but Rooney scored a lot of goals," Mourinho claimed.

 

“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.” 

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United defender Chris Smalling also agreed with his boss saying: “If he can stay injury-free, there’s no stopping him in terms of what sort of records he could get."

 

Incredibly, Rashford, has not even been a Manchester United first team player for a full year. The England international only made his debut in February last year - a 5-1 win against FC Midtjylland in which Rashford scored twice.

 

Since then he has gone on to become a regular feature of the United team, earned his first cap and goal for England, went to Euro 2016 and helped the Red Devils win the FA Cup.

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For now anyway, Rashford will just be focusing on helping United climb up the table. The side are currently sixth, three points off 4th place despite winning their last six league games in a row.

 

United face Liverpool on Sunday in a mouth-watering fixture for Mancunians, Scousers and well just above everyone else. A few goals from Rashford could help United to three vital points and move him a little closer to that tally of 249.