Rashford's Manchester United 'idol' was…Tim Howard

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Marcus Rashford has revealed that Tim Howard was his idol growing up and that he would feel comfortable deputising in goal for Manchester United if the need arose.

Having failed to get anywhere near the heights scaled before the Scot's retirement in 2013, United drafted in the self-appointed Special One past year.

Rashford has had a whirlwind rise to the United first team, going from the academy to winning four trophies in the senior side within just 21 months.

The 20-year-old, who is much better known for his outfield play than that of between the sticks, has netted seven times for the north west giants so far this term across the Premier League, Champions League and the League Cup. As an example, as soon as you win a trophy, in my mind straight away you're thinking about winning the next trophy. That's when you can miss the moment of enjoying winning that trophy, it's hard.

Kane memorably went in goal after scoring a hat-trick against Asteras Tripoli in the Europa League three years ago but immediately let in a rather saveable free kick.

That's what United has always been about, so it is important for us to try and get that feeling back to Old Trafford of winning.

If Rashford hadn't discovered that he was a natural at centre-forward things could have been very different for the clun.

"You look at Rashford at the moment and he wants to extend himself to be as good as he can be, which is very, very good".

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Success brings a fear factor that saw United throw opponents off kilter during Ferguson's reign. I think that [fear factor] is still there. "But teams are coming to have a go and we want to get rid of that".

The now Old Trafford favourite grew up in Manchester, and, as many others did, spent every chance he could playing football. I think we're on a path back to doing that.

"He's had his ups and downs with the manager already but I think he just wants the arm around the shoulder - a bit of loving and you'll definitely get the best out of him".

On his return to former boys' club Fletcher Moss Rangers, the United talisman admitted he originally started his footballing career in goal and that his idol was not a frontman, but a former Red Devils shot stopper.

He was greeted by hundreds, including many clad in the blue of Manchester City. I used to have a little Tim Howard shirt.

Rashford's pride in representing the community at United is clear.

Speaking at his post-match press conference after the Newcastle game, Mourinho said that Martial and Rashford "both like to play in the same position and that is difficult" as you can only play one person at one time in that position.

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