Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has tipped Marcus Rashford to follow in his footsteps to becoming a first team regular at Manchester United.
Welbeck also followed the same route as Rashford from junior team Fletcher Moss Rangers into the first team at Manchester United.
And Welbeck knows the 18-year old from his days as a kid at United and believes he is destined for the very top after an amazing start to his career.
Rashford scored a brace in United’s win over Arsenal on Sunday and is being tipped for a big-money contract after four goals in his first two senior games.
Welbeck’s brother Chris is a friend of the Rashford family and Arsenal’s former United striker says the teenager has all the attributes to be a big hit.
“We both grew up in Manchester, came through Fletcher Moss Rangers and then onto Manchester United, coming through the academy, making it into the first team and making a debut,” he told the Mirror.
“He’s done brilliantly well. Individually I was really pleased for him, obviously to make a great debut like that in the Europa League and then into the weekend he did well.
“It was disappointing (for us) on the day. I was down when we lost that match. I’m pleased for Marcus but disappointed to lose that game.
“My brother is very close with his family. He’s known his family for a very long time and Marcus was coming through the ranks at United when I was playing in the first team and I would see him all of the time.
“He’s someone that I always spoke to. He’s a great kid. He’s very level headed. He’s got great potential and I hope he does very well. I’ve spoken to him a couple of times.
“Fletcher Moss was where it started for me and a lot of other players as well. It’s vital that they get the stature back up again, get everything running smoothly again.
“There’s a lot of talent in Manchester that grows up in and around that club. Hopefully it can keep going for many more years,” Welbeck said.