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Solskjaer Refers to Cristiano Ronaldo in His Advice for Marcus Rashford's Manchester United Career

Mudeet Arora
Feb 26, 2021, 6:35 PM GMT+5:30
Solskjaer hopes Rashford to become a legend in the future
Solskjaer hopes Rashford to become a legend in the future | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

It is quite hard to believe that Marcus Rashford has completed five years in Manchester United's senior team and if you go to see, the 23-year-old has done pretty good.

Rashford has scored 85 goals in 253 appearances for United and 11 in 39 for England since an international debut in May 2016, which is by no means an easy achievement.

However, there is no doubt that the striker has to now start elevating his game to the next level if he is to be considered among football greats in the future.

And United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about what he thinks Rashford needed to do in order to get to that next level and the Norwegian cited the example of none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, someone whose path Rashford has to follow.

As reported by Express, Solskjaer said, "We’ve had the best possible example of that in world football with Cristiano, the way he has looked after himself the way he came into the club."

He added, "We all took notice the way he developed throughout his career and the way he looked after himself is major. I’m sure Marcus is looking after himself but that’s the only way to be at the top. You can’t get distracted."

Rashford's stats do have the strength in them to match Ronaldo's time at United.

At the end of his first five years at Sporting Lisbon and United, Ronaldo had 97 goals in 270 appearances while Rashford has 85 in 253 appearances.

However, it was in the next five years that Ronaldo's evolution began and he eventually became one of the greatest of all time as we know today.

Ronaldo won a third Premier League title, a La Liga crown with Real Madrid and the first of four Ballon D’Or trophies where he elevated himself from very to to being great, before elevating himself more towards the title of 'GOAT'.

This is the pace of success that Rashford should be aiming for.