Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera believes Marcus Rashford can be a fantastic player at Old Trafford and urges people not to expect him to do what Cristiano Ronaldo has done in his career.
Rashford is obviously one of Erik ten Hag’s undroppables at Man United. The England international, who won the Premier League Player of the Month of September award, was lively against Omonia Nicosia on Thursday night in the Europa League but failed to get on the scoreboard.
The 24-year-old forward, who endured widespread criticism from fans due to his poor performance last season, has scored five goals in ten appearances across all competitions this season so far.
While he’s fighting his way back into his 2019/2020 form, Herrera believes the England international has done a lot at Old Trafford already but urges fans not to expect him to become a Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his 700th career club goals against Everton last weekend, at the club.
“Marcus [Rashford] can be a fantastic player for United, he is and he’s done a lot already, but you can’t ask him to do what Cristiano has done in his career because it’s not isn’t fair to him,” Herrera told ESPN.
Manchester United last won the Premier League title in 2013 under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Since then, United had only achieved a 2nd place finish twice. Once under Jose Mourinho and and the other, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former Man United midfielder believes the Red Devils can still win the league title again. Although he admits it wouldn’t come over night under Erik ten Hag, he’s certain it won’t be as long as the 30 years+ Liverpool needed to win their first league title.
“Things take time,” said Herrera. “Liverpool went a long time without winning a trophy and now they are filling their trophy cabinet again. I’m sure it will be the same for Manchester United. I’m sure it won’t take 30 years.”
The former Manchester United and PSG midfielder also confirmed that he’s always in contact with David de Gea, keeps track of United’s performances on the pitch and always wants the Red Devils to win their matches.
“I love the club, it’s my club in England and I loved my time there,” Ander Herrera added. “I follow the games, I keep up to date with the results. I’m always in contact with David [de Gea]. I want United to win every game because I love the club.”
The Spaniard agrees that Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t the player he once was but is certain that the Portuguese star remains a fighter and will also provides goals.
Herrera continued: “When you have a player who scored 24/25 goals last season, how can you say he’s not a player for the team? He’s [Cristiano Ronaldo] not going to score 50 goals every season, but he always fights, he scores, he takes care of himself, so respect.”