“Marcus Rashford should use Cristiano as a role model” – Rene Meulensteen

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen said that Rashford should use Ronaldo as inspiration to improve his goalscoring ability.

Marcus Rashford is now the main attacker in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Machester United.

With the summer exit of Romelu Lukaku the onus is on Rashford to lead the United line.

Marcus Rashford

Rashford has had a rough start apart from his opening day brace against Chelsea. He hasn’t scored in the last 4 games.

His form led Michael Owen to suggest the England international is not the “cold-blooded” goalscorer United require for this season.

But Meulensteen, who played a huge part in helping Ronaldo become the goal scoring machine he is today, thinks there is hope for Rashford.

He believes that the 21 year old can become a “fantastic player” in his own right.

Meulensteen told the Daily Mirror:

“In many ways, Cristiano is unique because he had such a huge belief in his own ability.

“But I do think that Marcus Rashford has got a similar mindset to be the best player he can – and I think he should use Cristiano as his role model.

“I’m not saying Marcus can be the next Ronaldo – because I think Cristiano is a one-off talent. Ronaldo is one of the all-time greats who will be remembered alongside Pele, Maradona, Messi, Eusebio, and Cruyff.

“But Marcus can create his own reputation as a fantastic player if he wants it badly enough.

“Cristiano’s natural instinct was to always try to score the most beautiful goal possible – and that is something I also see in Marcus Rashford.

“Ronaldo was always trying to find the top corner from 30 yards and win the goal of the season.

“I made him realize that he had to become a great goalscorer rather than a scorer of great goals. That meant scoring more goals, not more spectacular goals.

“Of course, we worked on his technique for finishing, but we also worked on his thinking process so that he would naturally get himself in the right positions to help him score more goals.”

Rashford himself is a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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