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Mourinho: Rashford can pass Rooney's Man United goal record

Just 235 to go, Marcus.

The man to beat: Rashford and Rooney celebrate after the FA Cup win over Reading.
The man to beat: Rashford and Rooney celebrate after the FA Cup win over Reading.
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JOSE MOURINHO HAS tipped Marcus Rashford to become Manchester United’s all-time highest scorer, overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney on the way.

Rooney scored in United’s 4-0 victory over Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday to join Charlton on 249 goals, before 19-year-old Rashford scored twice.

And while it would take something special for the teenager to eclipse the record, Red Devils boss Mourinho believes he is well on his way with 14 goals.

“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.”

Rashford’s Old Trafford team-mate Chris Smalling agrees with his manager and believes the pressure on the striker’s shoulders will only prove beneficial.

“If he can stay injury-free, there’s no stopping him in terms of what sort of records he could get,” said Smalling.

“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.”

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