Dwight Yorke recalls the moment he knew Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford would be a star
Dwight Yorke has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford and recalled the moment he knew the Manchester United forward would be a star.
The Manchester-born star has impressed ever since, becoming a key player for the Red Devils – scoring 29 goals in 109 appearances – and for England since making his international debut two years ago.
Rashford has scored two goals for his country and Yorke says his second effort – a 20-yard strike in the 2-1 victory over Slovakia at Wembley – made him aware of his immense potential.
‘Strikers often say instinctive goals are better,’ Yorke told Rashford in an interview with Manchester United’s official website. ‘You just let it happen, let it rip and when it goes in it’s magnificent.
‘The instinct of being a centre-forward is important and that’s the position I’m sure you’ll end up in. It all comes from the instinct of being in the position at the right time and anticipating the move.
‘You seem to have the lot: I can see all of the types of goals you are scoring, which makes it even more impressive at this early stage of your career.
‘There was one magnificent goal from outside the box for England, when I thought “wow, we’ve got somebody here who can score goals and not just one type of goal”. It’s good to have that range.
‘We all recognise the no.9 who just gets tap-ins, but you’ve got all of it and now you’ve added free-kicks to your repertoire as well, it’s even more impressive.’
Yorke scored 52 goals in 96 league games for United under Sir Alex Ferguson and also revealed his piece of advice for Rashford.
He added: ‘This is still an early stage in your career and, if I was you, from past experiences, I would just have a collection of my goals and I’d keep reminding yourself of the things you can do, especially if you have a little period where you aren’t scoring.
‘Have a selection of goals and get a feel-good factor about yourself. Even if you go through a drought, which everyone goes through, just go back and watch those goals.
‘It gives you that buzz and a massive buzz. It puts that smile back on your face. It makes you think “damn I can do this stuff!” That is what I used to do and, trust me, it works.
‘That would be my advice. Just go back, remind yourself and look at the goals that you’ve scored, from the tap-ins to the wonder strikes. I would put a collection of them together, just for your private use.’