Sir Alex Ferguson ponders whether striker could break Man United record

The Manchester United legend suggests Marcus Rashford could break Wayne Rooney's record

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Marcus Rashford could break Wayne Rooney’s record at Manchester United if the striker has a successful career at Old Trafford.

The England international burst onto the scene under Jose Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal last season after he scored twice on his Premier League debut in a 4-2 victory over their bitter rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Rashford finished his first season in the Manchester United squad with eight goals in 18 games in all competitions to underline his potential to develop into a world-class player at the 20-time English champions.

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s record goal-scorer in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday afternoon after the 31-year-old scored his 250th goal for the club to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.

Speaking to BBC Sport, former Manchester United manager Ferguson suggested that Rashford could be a candidate to break Rooney’s record in the future.

“In the present-day game, it is difficult to see any club having players who can stay with them for 10 years,” Ferguson said.

“Jose has mentioned Marcus Rashford and there is an opportunity for that young lad, if he stays at United, and develops his potential the way that Wayne has. But it is a very big target to hit.

“Bobby Charlton’s record was quite substantial. I couldn’t think anybody would beat that. It is an achievement par excellence.”

Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term.

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