This Man United star is on fire under Jose Mourinho, admits Nicky Butt

Nicky Butt is thrilled with the start Marcus Rashford has made under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Nicky Butt has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford for the strong start he has made to life in the Manchester United first team.

The 18-year-old striker has earned plenty of new admirers since breaking into the Red Devils side under Louis van Gaal last season.

Rashford has been given a starting spot in the United first team by new manager Jose Mourinho and has continued to impress for the Premier League club.

The teenager was rewarded for his fine form last season with a call up to the England squad for the summer’s Euro 2016 tournament in France.

And former Manchester United star Butt has revealed his delight at seeing one of the Red Devils’ youth products break into the first team at Old Trafford.

Speaking in an interview with talkSPORT, Butt said: “He’s started off on fire.

“At eighteen years of age, to be doing what he’s doing – representing England, playing regularly for Manchester United – it’s a massive accolade for him and he doesn’t need me to big him up.

“His football speaks for itself, but as a person he’s a really good person and someone that we want to be our shining light. He’s someone we want to put in front of people and say ‘this is the kind of people we create in our academy’.

“He’s respectful, he speaks to the press in the right way, he represents what we believe is right for young players coming through – that’s the most important thing for us.

“Whether you’re a Liverpool person or a United person, it’s great to see your own coming through – and an English person as well – that’s only a good thing in my eyes.

“We’ve got a lot more in the bank. But we don’t want to rush them through. I think the worst thing you can do is rush kids through. Marcus is probably an exception, he’s taken everything on his shoulders and he’s moving forward. I’m not getting too carried away but some kids you have to be careful with.”

Manchester United are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table after seven games.

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The Red Devils return to Premier League action after the international break with a tricky trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Monday 17 October.

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