“I’ve said it from the time he broke into the team and even before then, he can be an unbelievable talent,” captain Ashley Young said. “He’s got the world ahead of him. He wants to learn as well. I saw it from his youth team days.”
Rashford has scored five goals during the seven-match winning run under Solskjaer as temporary United manager, although whether it will become a permanent one is another matter.
Rooney, now playing his football in the United States, said over the weekend that the club should go all out to attract Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham. Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is understood to be considering Pochettino, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.
Solskjaer has proved he has the temperament for the role, calmly describing Mourinho as a “fantastic manager” when asked about the pronouncements his predecessor has been making as a television pundit in Doha.
The Norwegian can also take some comfort from the words of Chris Hughton, the Brighton manager. “I don’t think it’s a job that anybody could automatically step into and do well,” Hughton said.
“He’s got very good tools to play with, but it’s absolutely not a given that he would walk in and get the results that he’s had.”