• According to Matteo Darmian, Rashford could win Ballon d'Or award in the future
  • Rashford is the leading goalscorer for Man Utd this season
  • Rashford suffered a back injury in January

Former Manchester United player Matteo Darmian has suggested that Marcus Rashford has the potential to be a future Ballon d’Or winner if he continues to significantly contribute to the Old Trafford side.

Rashford, who joined Man Utd’s academy system at the tender age of seven, is widely regarded to be a promising English striker and has been a regular face in Man Utd’s fixtures ever since he broke into the first team under the management of Louis van Gaal five years ago in a Premier League game against Watford, which the Red Devils had won 2-1.

Before being ruled out with a back injury, in January, Rashford played a key role in Man Utd’s run in the current Premier League season. Across all competitions, Rashford has netted 19 times this season, including 14 goals in 22 league matches apart from the 14 assists he has produced, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to keep fighting for the fourth spot.

Former Man Utd defender Darmian, in a recent interview, said he sees Rasford becoming one of the best in the years to come.

“I still remember Marcus Rashford’s first session with the senior squad like it was yesterday. I immediately thought: ‘Wow, this is an incredible player’."

"He did so many impressive things for a player of his age and the way he improved in every detail really impressed me. If he continues to work the way he has done so far he can be a Ballon d’Or winner. I’m convinced of this,” Darmian told The Guardian.

“He impressed me the most of all the players at United and he’s very young and can still improve. For me he can reach the level of Kylian Mbappe and compete for the Ballon d’Or for years to come,” he further said.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United are just outside the Champions League places
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United are just outside the Champions League places AFP / Paul ELLIS

Currently, Man Utd, chasing the Champions League spot, are placed fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. All the soccer leagues, around the world, have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. While the likes of French and Belgian leagues have already ended by declaring the table-toppers as this season’s champion, Premier League is aiming for a restart in June.