IT SEEMS mad to think Marcus Rashford might not have the brightest imaginable future at Manchester United but there is a recent precedent.
The teenager has been the saviour of an otherwise underwhelming season that has seen United fail in Europe, while they are likely to finish outside the Champions League qualification places for a second time in three years.
As the Daily Mail reports: “Before Rashford, there was Adnan Januzaj. He was a teenager when he played his first game for the Red Devils. He got among the goals early in his career, too.
“And he was considered to be the future of the club in the post-Ferguson years, and even handed Ryan Giggs’s No 11 shirt.
“Rashford is everything United fans think their club is about. Yet so was Januzaj, he was the breakout star, the saving grace.”
And look at Januzaj now – he has disappeared from the scene almost as quickly as he arrived.
After struggling at United following his breakthrough season, the winger was loaned to Borussia Dortmund but failed miserably to make an impact – starting just three times before heading back to Old Trafford where he has remained virtually anonymous despite the long list of injuries the Red Devils have suffered this campaign.
Questions have been raised about Januzaj’s temperament and attitude and his alarming slump has seen him miss out on a place in the Belgium squad for Euro 2016.
Rashford appears to have a more level had on his shoulders at this early stage of his career but Januzaj’s experience is a warning to the new darling of Old Trafford that, while he’s made a stunning start to his senior career, he’s still got a long way to go
Is there a danger of Rashford becoming another Januzaj?