Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has told friends his opinion on Marcus Rashford

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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has told friends he thinks Marcus Rashford can better his goal tally for the club. The current Derby boss found the net 253 times throughout his spell at Old Trafford. But that record, in his opinion, may not last forever.

Rashford played alongside Rooney for just over a year at United.

The youngster burst onto the scene during the Louis van Gaal era, with both he and Rooney helping the Dutchman win the FA Cup in 2016.

They also both played key roles as the Red Devils won the EFL Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho the following year.

Rooney scored 253 goals for United across a glittering stint at the Theatre of Dreams where he won five Premier League titles.

And, according to The Athletic, the Derby boss has told friends he thinks his former team-mate can match his goal tally for the club.

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The 23-year-old has scored 83 times for the Red Devils since being given his debut in 2016 and he’s spoken out on his determination to achieve plenty of success over the coming years.

Rashford also told the publication that learning from Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo ‘was a joy’.

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“When we were going to Old Trafford, I’d see them do exciting things on the pitch, then after I’d go home and watch them on YouTube,” he said.

“Those two together, when they were in their prime, it was an absolute joy.

“It was a privilege to be able to learn from them.

“You can definitely take things from their game and try to put them in your game.

“But still keep your own style, your own personality on the pitch. They definitely taught me a lot, and in football, I don’t think you ever stop learning.

“I have a mentality that I want to improve every day. To do that, you have to learn from other players around the world.”

Rashford outlined his dream to win the Premier League title, too, with United currently second in the table.

“Every year is an opportunity for us to do it,” he said.

“This year is probably the biggest one we’ve had because we’ve managed to be consistent early on and put together results.

“There have been many games this year where we know we’ve underperformed as a team, but we’ve found a way. If we are to win things this season we need to carry that on and even improve it.”

Football is obviously a big passion for the United star.

But his work behind the scenes, away from the field, has been far more important.

Rashford has played a huge role in attempting to tackle child poverty, lobbying Boris Johnson into extending the government’s free school meals scheme back in the summer.

And while he feels progress has been made, he insists it’s merely the start.

“I am happy so far but again it is difficult to speak on because we’ve not reached the end goal,” he said.

“On the pitch that means winning titles, winning trophies, then off the pitch we’ve not managed to reconstruct the system in the way it works.

“We’ve had an OK start to both things but I’m still working towards more.”

Rashford could feature when United lock horns with West Ham in their FA Cup showdown on Tuesday night.

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