Marcus Rashford says Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is the toughest defender he has played against.
The 18-year old has been a constant threat to defenders since making his debut last season, but has chosen the Arsenal defender as the one defender that gave him the most trouble.
“Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal,” said the teenager.
“He was a difficult defender to play against.”
Arsenal vice-captain Koscielny is one of the Premier League’s finest defenders but has always been underrated, but the United teenager apparently agrees with the Frenchman’s qualities and revealed as much when he spoke to Inside United magazine.
While young players breaking into the first team often struggle with the high speed and intensity of the game, Rashford pointed out that what has surprised him most has been the physicality – getting smashed ever-harder by big, bruising defenders.
“You don’t go through a game of football without having a knock. I don’t think I have done that for years! It does toughen you up.
“When you get the first knock it kind of wakes you up, you know they are men and it is not like Under-18s when you can take loads of knocks and know you will be fine, that you won’t feel anything after the game.
“You definitely get harder knocks but it helps. You just get up and get on with the game, and then you can give it to them back.
“It is important and when you are young I think you need those types of game.”