Pundit: This Man United star is gaining intelligence

Phil Thompson explains why he has been so impressed by Marcus Rashford's fine form for Manchester United this season

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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford Photo: Tag Heuer

Phil Thompson has lavished praise on Marcus Rashford for the way in which he has stepped his game up at Manchester United this season.

The England striker has earned plenty of plaudits for his impressive displays for the Red Devils in recent weeks to help Jose Mourinho’s men challenge for a top four finish.

Rashford was the star of the show as Manchester United beat Anderlecht in the Europa League last week and also netted the Red Devils’ opening goal in the 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend.

The 19-year-old is widely regarded by many as having the potential to developing into a world star at Old Trafford.

And Liverpool legend Thompson has explained why he is such a big fan of the teenage forward after watching him develop this season.

Thompson told Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday: “He’s gaining that intelligence of how to play certain positions because of what happens.

“He’s not afraid to put challenges in on full-backs when chasing back. His link-up play was excellent with Jesse Lingard [against Chelsea].

“Somebody mentioned Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke in the way they understood each other, and they gave the back three of Chelsea such a runaround in that first half.”

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