Ryan Giggs: 'I wouldn't swap Marcus Rashford for Gabriel Jesus'


Ronaldo demolished The Red Devils in the quarter-finals of the 2002/03 Champions League as his hat-trick saw him applauded off the Old Trafford turf from all corners of the ground, 15 years on and Rashford has emerged as one of the brightest young talents which has seen him lauded by the legendary striker and Rashford stated that he has been inspired by the original Ronaldo throughout his short career. United won the game 4-3, but Real went through to the semis on aggregate.

But in Ronaldo, he found a player he dreamed of one day emulating. It was one of the greatest individual performances by a foreign star in England.

In fact his stunning exploits for club and country have even caught the attention of the man himself with Ronaldo admitting the 20-year-old reminds him of himself. "And my first ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it".

'It was at Old Trafford and I always remember it.

That could be because Rashford did his best to model himself on the former Real, Barcelona and Inter Milan superstar.

And it's safe to say that Giggs isn't the only United supporter who would opt to keep their local lad rather than swap him if such an opportunity presented itself.

"It was in 2003". It was in 2003 and scored a hat trick. I was only young though.

It was the main reason that Rashford watched him so much during his youth.

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Recounting the night he watched the double-World Cup victor score a memorable hat-trick, Rashford says: "My first ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it".

Rashford added: "He was a top player who won a lot of things, so when he's saying good things about you, it really stands out".

The Express report Rashford said: "He always played free". When you do that, that's when you play your best football.

But then he uttered a comment that has since made him the laughing stock of Twitter: "You wouldn't swap him for any other young player right now".

"That sort of player is rare but Brazil had two of them. When they're at their best it's unbelievable football to watch".

"It will be interesting to see Marcus Rashford and Gabriel Jesus come up against each other at Wembley for England v Brazil. It was something to look back on and think positive and try and build on it".

Rashford said: "We are all massively excited for it".

"I thought we were good (against Germany)".