A Red Devils academy coach has singled out the English pair for their performances and says they ought to both go on to enjoy a “20-year career”.
Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are the “best homegrown strikers in the country”, in accordance to Colin Little, who is in awe of the level the two Manchester United stars have reached at such a younger age.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer placed his trust in Rashford, Greenwood and Anthony Martial after promoting first-choice forward Romelu Lukaku to Inter last summer.
All three men have stepped up to the plate over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, scoring a combined forty nine goals throughout all competitions to assist United fight for a top-four finish, alongside with success in the FA Cup and Europa League.
Rashford, 22, was enjoying his best season but in a United shirt before being sidelined with a back injury in January, whilst Greenwood, 18, has mounted himself as a key member of Solskjaer’s squad.
Little, who serves as an assistant coach in the academy at Old Trafford, has witnessed the talents of each men up close, and does not accept as true with any other up and coming English strikers can compare to the duo.
“I truly think you can’t look at any team and think there are any two better homegrown strikers in the country,” he told MUTV. “Tammy Abraham and Harry Kane are simply excellent strikers however we’ve got two on our books right now.
“Without blowing our own trumpet, that’s just incredible isn’t it? Both are nonetheless young, each are Manchester United kids from an early age. It’s why, but for whatever else, if they had been the two people who come out of this academy, you would be like ‘wow’. I mean what are forwards really worth nowadays? People who score goals – at that age?
“You’re looking at it, wondering what an incredible asset to have, and you’ve got the different ones like Brandon Williams and James Garner, and others, behind them.
“It’s a testomony to everybody and, let’s be honest with you, from all the way down with Eamon Mulvey’s group, all the way through, these players have gone through every single age group. From Tony Whelan, and everybody is where they are now. I mean, they may want to be in our first team for almost 20 years. It can be a 20-year career from 18 to 38.”
Little added on the training drills he has overseen to assist bring the first-class out of Rashford and Greenwood in the past: “If you put on a coaching session for Marcus or Mason, and they made the run, you prefer the ball arriving at precisely the right time.
“We have this little saying ‘get it in the right place’. Mason’s pass to Marcus towards [Manchester] City was perfect. Straight after the game, I texted him to say: ‘Get it to the right place!’
“All of a sudden, it begins to emerge as a habit for the forwards to find each other and provide themselves effortless passes. If someone is in a better position, there’s a pass for you. Share it out.”