Rio Ferdinand explains the difference between Man United striker and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Manchester United legend believes Marcus Rashford brings more to Jose Mourinho's side

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Hublot

Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford brings more to the Manchester United team than Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The former Sweden international moved to Manchester United in a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Ibrahimovic is Manchester United’s leading goal-scorer after a return of 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions in the 2016-17 campaign.

Rashford has been used out of position on the wing or as an impact substitute throughout much of the season under Louis van Gaal’s replacement Jose Mourinho.

However, the England teenager has thrived in a central role in recent weeks following Ibrahimovic’s season-ending injury in a 2-1 win against Anderlecht.

Speaking to BT Sport about Rashford’s impact on the Manchester United side, Ferdinand explained the difference between the 19-year-old and Ibrahimovic.

“Zlatan has got 20-odd goals this season but in terms of giving an all-round performance, hustling and bustling defenders, running in behind and stretching teams… Zlatan isn’t at an age when he can do that.

“This kid does, he gives you something extra.”

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Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and four points adrift of third-placed Liverpool.

The Red Devils are looking to win their first Europa League trophy under Mourinho this term.

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