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Robbie Keane likens Man United's Marcus Rashford to a young Thierry Henry

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'Marcus Rashford reminds me of Thierry Henry when he first came to England': Robbie Keane likens Man United forward to Arsenal legend and says youngster will 'only get better' playing down the middleRobbie Keane likened Marcus Rashford to a young Thierry Henry at ArsenalThe Sky Sports pundit heaped praise on the 21-year-old Manchester United aceRashford was preferred ahead of £75m Romelu Lukaku for the trip to Tottenham 

Robbie Keane has heaped praise on Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford by likening him to a young Thierry Henry at Arsenal.

The former Tottenham striker insists the 21-year-old mirrors the skill-set shown by the Gunners legend when he first arrived in England from Monaco. 

Rashford was given the nod once again down the middle by interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of £75million man Romelu Lukaku and should he continue to impress as a No 9, Keane is in no doubt he can follow the example of Henry.   

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been likened to a young Thierry Henry

Ex-Tottenham ace Robbie Keane made the comparison during punditry on Sunday afternoon

Working as a pundit for Manchester United's trip to Wembley to face Tottenham, Keane said: (Marcus) Rashford reminds me of (Thierry) Henry when he first came to England. 

'When Henry came here you weren't sure if he was a striker, if he could finish. He was playing on the left and right wing. He had genuine pace like Rashford but now he is playing as a No 9. 

'(Ole Gunnar) Solskjaer has seen in him that he is a genuine striker who can score goals. To leave (Romelu) Lukaku out who cost £75m and play a 21-year-old, he can achieve a hell of a lot. He is only going to get better.' 

Rashford was preferred ahead of Romelu Lukaku for Sunday's trip to take on Tottenham

The 21-year-old is thriving working under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer right now

Rashford has netted seven goals so far this season, which leaves him fourth on the club's top scorer list behind Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.

But since the arrival of Solskjaer, Rashford has been pulled in from the wing and deployed as a central striker which has paid off. He has three goals from the Norwegian coach's opening five matches in all competitions. 

MARCUS RASHFORD STATS THIS SEASON 

Appearances: 26

Goals: 7

Assists: 6 

Having made his debut under Louis van Gaal as a teenager back in February 2016, comparisons flooded in and expectation soon became massive on Rashford's shoulders.

He has gone on to become a mainstay since then for club and country and while his current boss did not use the Henry comparison, he does feel he can be as good as Tottenham's Harry Kane, the man he faces at Wembley on Sunday.

'We can talk about Harry Kane and his class. Marcus has the potential to get up there also,' Solskjaer said on Friday. 

A comparison of the two England strikers at the same age shows Rashford has made a further 78 Premier League appearances and has 20 more goals in the league than the three Kane possessed aged 21.  

Ahead of facing Tottenham, Sky Sports did an age comparison against Harry Kane's stats

Solskjaer said this week that he feels Rashford has the potential to go on and reach Kane's level

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