Manchester United attacker Juan Mata has hailed teenage teammate Marcus Rashford as a ‘special kid’ following the Englishman’s brilliant performance in United’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Rashford set up Mata for the opening goal at Old Trafford within two minutes, before delivering a dangerous cross for Marouane Fellaini to direct home early in the second half.
Mata, who witnessed the 19-year-old’s rise through the ranks and into first team contention, told Manchester Evening News, that the England international possesses a lot of many great qualities, chief among them being his positive mentality.
Mata said: “He has been brilliant. I think he is a special kid. He has a lot of talents and he has got a good mentality which is important in that age. He is performing very well, week in week out (and) even coming from the bench he is helping a lot.
“I really believe he is going to be a big player for club and country.
“It’s down to everything he does on the pitch, the qualities he has, the important player he is in some difficult games where he just takes the ball and scores two great goals like last time in the League Cup (against Burton Albion).
“But I see so many players at that age like this, and then they don’t keep consistency, but I believe he can because it’s down to his mentality and he has the right mentality for that.”
Rashford and Anthony Martial have been enjoyed an excellent run of form since the start of the season with both players competing for a position on the left wing at the moment. Moreover, Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Mata himself have also impressed . In turn, Mata believes United’s collective form will provide boss Jose Mourinho with a wealth of options to pick from.
He added: “We have ten players that have scored this season already, so that’s a lot and that speaks very well of the team and that is the big reason for the good start to the season.
“Anthony, Marcus, Jesse (Lingard) when he comes in the team is playing very good, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan is playing well and is doing great things. Everyone is doing their bit and I believe that the manager is happy with that.
“We have a good squad and some good players this season, players with a lot of experience in the Premier League. The manager has a lot of players to choose from .We had a lot of games this month so he changed a lot, but everyone is performing. As a manager, he cannot ask for more.”
Manchester United are sit second in the table going into the international break, only one goal worse off than Manchester City. The Red Devils return to Premier League action on October 14th to face rivals Liverpool.