Marcus Rashford predicts bright future for “exciting talent” Man Utd lost

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Marcus Rashford has been one of the major success stories from the Manchester United academy in recent years.

The local lad has emerged as a first-team star after rising through the ranks with his boyhood club.

Rashford has made the most of his talent to become one of the Premier League’s leading strikers – but he fears United may have let another “exciting talent” slip through the net.

The England ace has been discussing former team-mate Angel Gomes, who could not be convinced to pen a new deal at Old Trafford before leaving last summer.

Having not been given adequate assurances over playing time, Gomes opted to head to French club Lille and has subsequently been loaned to Boavista in the Portuguese top flight.

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Gomes, who became the first player born in the 2000s to play for United when he made his first-team debut aged just 16, has enjoyed a bright start to life in Portugal.

He remains in close contact with Rashford, who reckons he could make United regret losing him as he backed him to become a top class player.

Rashford told A Bola : “It is a pleasure to talk about him, I feel that he is doing very well in Boavista.

“We speak regularly on the phone and have congratulated him several times. It's a good sign. He scored that incredible midfield goal that went viral. A great goal really! But with his talent, nothing surprises me.

“He has incredible skill. Whoever plays alongside him realises that he is an exciting talent.

Gomes has been in impressive form for Boavista after departing Man Utd
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“Having trained with him since I was very young, it is easy to see his success and to guess his bright future.

“Having him train with us at that time was a great experience and opportunity. I remember that during training he faced us all without fear, always anxious to have the ball.

Rashford hopes he will play with Gomes again and is backing him to have a bright future
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“We have had similar growth experiences. We lived in the same houses as the club and were on the same development program, aimed at selected players.

“We always got along very well. We lived together for about three years. I was able to provide guidance on my first experiences with the first-team.

“He has everything to reach the top. I’ll always tell you! He plays as an attacking midfielder but personally I see him as someone who thrives on a the pitch with the ball, so he can play in other positions with equal success.

“It is easy to play with him. It was something very natural, because he is always looking for a quick pass, which surprises defenders and creates opportunities to score.

“I can thank him for a lot of goals. He's a great team player and one of the things I most hope will happen is to play with him again. It is a wish that I trust will come true!”