Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed forward Marcus Rashford to go all the way and break the Club goal record now jointly held by his Captain Wayne Rooney and Club Legend Sir Bobby Charlton if he stays at the Club. The striker scored a double against Championship side Reading in 4-0 FA Cup win on Saturday.

“Marcus, he is 19,” said Mourinho.

“If he plays at Manchester United until the end of his career, maybe Marcus can do it, but Rooney scored a lot of goals.


“I don’t know the distances, really, but I think the ones that are close to the record are players that have left United already. So, especially in modern football, I see it as being really difficult.”

The Red Devils vice Captain Chris Smalling agrees with his manager. He said: “If he can stay injury-free, there’s no stopping him in terms of what sort of records he could get,”

“I think it’s good to put the pressure on him because he can handle it. He’s shown that. He’s gone from one level to the next level. He could have had more goals and he still ended up with two.

“He’s so down to earth.


“He is surrounded by a lot of his mates here so it helps that when it comes to this stage, it’s just another day for him. I hope he never changes, because he is such a great lad.”

The England International now has 14 goals to his name at a tender age of 19 years.

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