Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt believes Marcus Rashford is the perfect example to follow for club academy prospects.
Rashford has become a mainstay in the United line-up under Jose Mourinho this season after initially breaking through under Louis van Gaal last year. The eighteen-year-old has scored three goals in seven league games and has replaced Wayne Rooney as one of United’s most potent attacking options.
Butt was recently appointed as United’s new Head of Academy and is responsible for generating the sort of talent seen in the Class of 92’ era that enjoyed treble success in 1999.
Speaking at the Legends of Football Dinner on Wednesday night, Butt was keen to praise Rashford for both his professionalism and talent.
“He’s started off on fire,” Butt told talkSPORT.
“At eighteen years of age, to be doing what he’s doing – representing England, playing regularly for Manchester United – it’s a massive accolade for him and he doesn’t need me to big him up.
“His football speaks for itself, but as a person he’s a really good person and someone that we want to be our shining light. He’s someone we want to put in front of people and say ‘this is the kind of people we create in our academy’.
“He’s respectful, he speaks to the press in the right way, he represents what we believe is right for young players coming through – that’s the most important thing for us.”
“Whether you’re a Liverpool person or a United person, it’s great to see your own coming through – and an English person as well – that’s only a good thing in my eyes.”
“We’ve got a lot more in the bank. But we don’t want to rush them through. I think the worst thing you can do is rush kids through. Marcus is probably an exception, he’s taken everything on his shoulders and he’s moving forward. I’m not getting too carried away but some kids you have to be careful with.”