Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has enjoyed something of a meteoric rise over the past couple of years.
An injury crisis ahead of a Europa League clash against Midtjylland meant that the then-teenager was thrown in at the deep end, but he grasped that chance with both hands and hasn’t let go.
The young striker had plenty of options when it came to choosing an inspiration, such has been the myriad attacking talent that has graced Old Trafford down the years. However, Rashford has revealed that his hero was in fact, rather than the likes of Wayne Rooney or Ruud van Nistelrooy, former Man United goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, the England international revealed that, as a former goalkeeper himself, he looked up to Howard and even had a Tim Howard Man United shirt:
“My first season [at Fletcher Moss] I went in net. The thrill of scoring a goal, you get that same thrill when you save a good chance. Howard was my idol. I used to have a little Tim Howard shirt.
“You watch, there’ll be a game . . . I’m going to get the gloves one day!”
Howard was signed by Alex Ferguson in 2003 as the manager sought to replace the struggling Fabien Barthez. The American failed to fully make the grade in the side however, and he was duly moved on to Everton where he went on to enjoy considerably greater success.
Since breaking into the first-team setup at Man United, Rashford has made 90 senior appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 26 goals in that time.