Marcus Rashford expects to learn a lot from Zlatan Ibrahimovic even if the Swede’s arrival might limit his own first-team opportunities at Manchester United.
Rashford burst onto the scene last season, with the 18-year-old emerging from the youth ranks to earn a place in the first XI and an unexpected trip to Euro 2016.
But new United boss Jose Mourinho has strengthened his hand with the signing of Ibrahimovic, who scored with a bicycle kick four minutes into his first appearance against Galatasaray on Saturday, leaving Rashford to scrap for game time.
Time will tell how that works out, and the teenager believes simply sharing a dressing room with someone of Ibrahimovic’s stature will help him advance.
“We can definitely all learn from him while he is here, so we all need to take that chance,” Rashford told MUTV.
“It’s a massive help to be with him every day and it’s great to see what he is like on and off the pitch. There is a lot to learn from him and hopefully I can bring some of his game into mine.”
Rashford’s rise might have come at a dizzying pace earlier this year, but he is happy to slow things down again – and possibly take a back seat – as he looks to establish himself in the Old Trafford set-up.
“I’m preparing for the new season now,” he said. “There’s no need to rush into anything – I’m taking my time, taking it steady.”