Matteo Darmian: Marcus Rashford Can Become One Of The Best In The World
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on April 17, 2017
Matteo Darmian has praised his fellow team-mate Marcus Rashford after the 19-year-old opened the scoring against Chelsea yesterday afternoon. The win left Chelsea just 4 points ahead of Tottenham as the title race has blown open for the remaining matches. Ander Herrera followed up Rashford’s opener to put Manchester United two to the good, moving the Red Devils up to 5th with Arsenal set to play Middlesbrough tonight.
His goal means Marcus Rashford has now scored in back to back games, doing his confidence a world of good. José Mourinho suggested in his post-match interview that the inclusion of Rashford, rather than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was a tactical decision. That decision worked perfectly, as Rashford was causing problems for Gary Cahill and David Luiz all game. Matteo Darmian, who was superb yesterday, has hailed the teenager and revealed he believes Rashford can become one of the best in the world.
“I think Marcus is a great player,” the Italian said. “He is still very, very young and I think he is very important for us.
“With his quality, he can be one of the top players, one of the most important players in the world. I think he is very good in every part of the game, he has a very good shot, movement and speed. Sometimes for a striker, it is normal there is a not as good period (scoring goals) but I hope he continues like this, like today, because it helps the team to reach our objective.”
Manchester United now remain four points away from being in the top four, but have a game in hand against Manchester City at the Etihad. Another route to Champions League qualification is the Europa League, and a win on Thursday night will put them into the semi–final’s of the competition. However, Darmian still believes United can reach the Champions League through reaching the top four.
“Sometimes we draw a lot of games at home. We deserve to win a lot of games but sometimes it is not possible to win and we draw. We lost a lot of points at home but I think we have a chance with six or seven games to go, so still the possibility in our hands.”
“This kind of game gives us confidence. I think everyone is concentrated on this end of the season because we know we play for two big opportunities. One is the Europa League and the second is finish in the top four because I think playing in the Champions League is a very good objective for next season. We have to fight and try to win as many games as possible.”