Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has named three players who he believes will 'dominate the future' of football.
Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland have been the names many believe will take Europe by storm some years to come and Berbatov agrees while backing Marcus Rashford to reach the level of the two. The Manchester United star has been in fine form this season and has been seen the back of the net each of the club's last two games, taking his tally this season to 20 goals in all competitions.
Last season was Rashford's best campaign as he scored 22 goals and he looks set to outstrip that tally. Well, his goals-game-ratio is a long way from the exploits of Mbappe and Haaland for PSG and Dortmund respectively. However, Berbatov believes Rashford can be placed in the same category as the duo as he sees a hugely successful future for the three players.
Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov said, "Rashford is still a very young player and he is a superstar in world football, he’s been leading United’s attack for a while now too."
"I think he is getting the credit he deserves and hopefully he is only just getting started. Mbappe, Haaland, and Rashford are the players I am looking at to dominate the future."
"Although he’s only 23, he’s already got lots of experience, he’s going into his fifth year of being a senior player and a big part of the team. Not many other players at his age can say they have had that level of experience at a big club."
"Now, it’s simple, he must continue to work on his strengths and work on his weaknesses. My view is that he should work on converting every chance he gets, sometimes his concentration isn’t 100% when he has a good goal-scoring opportunity, so he needs to work on that. If he stays healthy and doesn’t have any injuries then he will always be up there and an easy pick for the manager."
On becoming United legend
"When you look at club legends like Giggs and Scholes they were consistent every season, always a first choice of the manager no matter what other players came and went and they were at the club for over 20 years, this is the consistency that he should be aiming for."
"He is living the dream of every United academy player and I hope he keeps it up because United are one of the best clubs in the world and he could stay there for the rest of his career, this is something that I always wanted for myself but wasn’t the case. For a player to represent just one club and be the star every year is a great achievement and I’d love to see Rashford do that."
Haaland has scored 33 goals in 33 games for Dortmund while Mbappe has netted 32 in 38 appearances for PSG. Meanwhile, Rashford who is having a good season for the Red Devils has 20 goals in 47 matches.