Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has predicted that youngster Marcus Rashford will rule the football world in the nearest future but needs time before he could blossom.
The 18-year-old broke unto the scene last season when former manager Louis van Gaal gave him his debut in the Europa League against Danish opposition FC Midtjylland and he grabbed the headlines with a brace.
He followed that up with another debut brace, this time around it was in the premier league against Arsenal and also capped his season with the winner in his first Manchester derby.
However, this season he is yet to start a game for new manager Jose Mourinho but has already shown what he can do with a late winner against Hull after he came on as a substitute but Ibrahimovic has called for caution.
“First of all, he’s 18, he’s still young. He has a lot of time,” the former Sweden captain 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.”
He continued: “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,” he added.
Rashford is expected to start his first game this season in the Europa Cup game against Feyenoord on Thursday.