Andy Cole: How Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped Man United star become centre-forward

The Man United legend believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic has helped Marcus Rashford to improve in a centre-forward role

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford Photo: Tag Heuer

Andy Cole believes Marcus Rashford has improved by learning from Manchester United strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney over the past 12 months.

The England international initially made a slow start to life under new manager Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese coach tended to leave the teenager on the bench.

Rashford burst onto the Old Trafford scene under Louis van Gaal and scored an impressive eight goals in 18 appearances in all competitions in the 2015-16 season.

Mourinho, though, started to rely on Rashford on a more regular basis as Manchester United made progress in the EFL Cup, the Europa League and the FA Cup.

Indeed, the England starlet ended the campaign as an automatic starter in the Manchester United side as he scored against Anderlecht and Celta Vigo to help the Red Devils reach the Europa League final.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website about the improvements that Rashford has made to his game over the course of the season, Cole said:

“He is looking more and more like a centre-forward, aiming to get more and more goals, and he has got to be more clinical but that will come with age.

“He is only a baby. He’s learned from some good players, Zlatan and Wayne Rooney, and you’ve got to learn off players like that.

“It’s about taking bits of their game and adding it to your game so, come next season, he’ll be even better for it.

“The experience is a good thing and, as a young man, all you’ve got to keep doing now is to keep your feet firmly on the floor.

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“How can I keep learning? How can I become a better player? How can I add different things to my game. I think the players he has around him will help him do just that.”

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