Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic says that Marcus Rashford’s time will come, but patience is needed for the 18-year-old to meet the high level of expectations on his shoulders.
Rashford’s rise to prominence has been incredible and the teenager’s performances for United last season catapulted him into England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The young forward came on at half-time and had a goal ruled out for offside as United lost the Manchester derby 2-1 to City, but Ibrahimovic insisted that he is set to become a top player.
“First of all, he’s 18, he’s still young. He has a lot of time,” Ibrahimovic told MUTV. “I think the way you have to approach a player like that, where everyone is talking about the talent and what he’s able to do and what kind of potential he has, is to remember he still has a lot of time.
“It’s not like he needs to take over the world today, the club knows that, the coach knows that and the team knows that.
“We know his quality and what he’s able to do. What the world is seeing now, we already know because we see it every day. There is no need to rush to push him and put him in the heat zone and put a lot of pressure on him because that can have the opposite effect. Time by time, he will take over everything. It’s about having patience.”
The 34-year-old Ibrahimovic is happy to do all he can to help Rashford develop, adding: “I’ll help him every day, him and all the others, in any way I can. I’m happy it gives an effect but, even if I was not here, they would still do good.”