Manchester United‘s former youth coach Paul McGuinness has revealed that Marcus Rashford initially wanted to be a central midfielder as he idolised Italy legend Andrea Pirlo.
Rashford, 19, joined Man United from Fletcher Moss Rangers in 2005, and the Englishman came through the youth system with the English giants before making his first-team debut in 2015.
The teenager has already chalked up 19 goals for the club and is expected to be a prominent figure in the Red Devils’ attack for next season.
According to McGuinness, Rashford initially saw himself as a central midfielder in the mould of Pirlo, before being pointed in a different direction.
“We decided, myself, Warren Joyce and Colin Little, that he was a very good footballer. He could be a No.10, a winger, beat people, he used to drop off into midfield,” McGuinness told the Manchester Evening News.
“There was one tournament where he wanted to play like Pirlo. But we saw his potential to be a striker. We worked on his body shape, different runs. He’s a really, really intelligent lad in terms of football. He picked it up very quickly.”