Ferdinand insists Man Utd star who ‘chases pigeons’ could be their new Tevez

Joe Williams
Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand celebrates a goal scored by Carlos Tevez

Former defender Rio Ferdinand thinks Man Utd forward Marcus Rashford can be the club’s new Carlos Tevez with his non-stop running.

Rashford looked like his old self yesterday as the Red Devils beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday to make it four Premier League wins in a row for Erik ten Hag’s side.

The England international had a poor campaign last term, as did most of his team-mates, contributing just four goals and two assists in 25 Premier League matches.

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But Rashford has started this season in fine fettle with three goals and two assists in his six Premier League appearances, with two of those goals coming in the second half against Arsenal.

And former Man Utd defender Ferdinand says the 24-year-old currently reminds him of former Red Devils team-mate Tevez.

Tevez scored 34 goals in 99 matches for Man Utd before controversially joining rivals Man City in 2009, bagging 73 in 148 matches for the Citizens.

“Marcus Rashford today, an assist and two goals, a Marcus Rashford who is still searching for the supreme confidence he came onto the spotlight with,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel.

“I think the catalyst for that [return to form] is he’s gone back to basics and that’s what we’ve been asking for. He’s gone back to basics, what he’s done is he’s chasing people down, he chases pigeons the way he runs around, chases balls into the goalkeeper, lost causes.

“Things like that remind me and take me back to little bits of Carlos Tevez, he got the fans off their seat for things like that, generating an atmosphere, made the other players in the team think ‘right we’ve got to go as well’ and if he can keep that in his game, the other elements, the quality, the ability to run in behind teams, scare teams then put chances on a plate for others they then come.

“But you have to do the hard stuff first. The stuff that you probably don’t feel like you’re getting rewarded for first and then the reward comes later. So I’m delighted for Marcus, I’m so happy.”

And Man Utd boss Ten Hag now expects Rashford to keep up the same level of performance for the rest of the season, he said: “Marcus played a pressing game and he transferred really good.

“But we expect of him as a striker to be a target, dropping, to play over, linking, running behind, arriving in the box and of course scoring goals.

“I am really happy with the performance, it shows his development. Room for improvement is clear but he has great capabilities so I am happy with having him in the team.”