Marcus Rashford is similar to Thierry Henry, but he is only likely to flourish if Michael Carrick plays.
That is according to a friend of Carrick’s, Nicky Butt, who is also head of Manchester United’s academy.
Butt has overseen Rashford’s startling development from under-18 star to regular first-team goalscorer and England international.
The 18-year-old had not played a first-team game for United until February of last year, but now has nine goals in 20 appearances under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
The striker also scored on his England debut last season, and struck a hat-trick in his first game for the under-21s.
Speaking to The Times, Butt admits that Rashford reminds him of Arsenal legend Henry, but that he could struggle in the future with the Premier League’s physicality.
The former United midfielder adds that the young striker’s game is improved with Carrick on the field.
“Yes. Blistering pace,” Butt replied when asked of the similarities with Henry. “When Marcus runs at you, you can’t stop him.
“Until he gets his physicality about him he’s going to find it very hard to play up against some of these centre halves.
“It depends how the manager is going to play; if he plays a Michael Carrick, who can clip balls in for Marcus to run on to, then it’s all different, he can run in behind all day.”