Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is in the ‘same bracket’ as Kylian Mbappe, says Louis Saha

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Saha has compared Rashford’s ability to that of Mbappe (Picture: Getty Images)

 

Marcus Rashford is in the ‘same bracket’ as Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe in terms of quality, according to former Manchester United striker Louis Saha.

The 22-year-old staged a comeback in United’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Friday night after a long spell out with a back injury.

Rashford has scored 14 Premier League goals this season and established himself as an integral part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exciting new project at the club.

Meanwhile, Mbappe is one of the most highly-rated talents in world football and at the age of just 21, has already won the World Cup and four league titles in France.

The two forwards both burst onto the scene as teenagers, but while the PSG striker has gone on to fill his trophy cabinet with multiple major honours, Rashford has been limited to winning one FA Cup, one League Cup and the Europa League.

But, when asked if Rashford and Mbappe are on the same level in terms of talent, Saha told Compare Bet : ‘Ability-wise? Yes.

‘They’re both very fast players, they have the technical ability to get out of situations where they’re surrounded by two or three defenders.

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Rashford returned against Spurs after being sidelined since January (Picture: Getty Images)

 

‘In terms of positions, Marcus and Kylian are quite similar. They like to play out wide but have also played up top. Kylian’s strength is that he is very direct, all the time. He doesn’t think twice.

‘When he makes runs, you have to give him the ball, he’s so quick. That kind of directness is something we’ve also seen from Rashford.

‘When he started, he was asking questions of defenders, ‘Are you quick enough and good enough to keep me quiet for 90 minutes’?

‘In terms of quality, they’re definitely in the same bracket. Mbappe has been able to achieve more consistency and approach the game without having to think too much.

‘With United, Rashford has been part of a team in transition, so he couldn’t really express himself. He had to be a leader when perhaps it wasn’t his strength at first.

‘He had to build qualities which should not have been his initial focus. Mbappe has taken advantage because he’s been able to play with PSG players who are at the very top level, so he’s been able to build confidence and try different things, a platform that Rashford hasn’t had so far.’

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