Breakout young talent of last season Marcus Rashford has heaped praises on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
The Red Devils striker has played against some top players for club and country – the Three Lions – but opines that the French player is the toughest he has come up against.
The Manchester United youngster has enjoyed a decent rise to fame since his debut under former United boss Louis van Gaal. His pace, directness and goal sense has helped him score in even in high profile games, making him the impact substitute under present boss Jose Mourinho. Yet, the United starlet says the Gunner defender is one of the toughest centre backs there is in football currently.
“Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal. He was a difficult defender to play against,” Rashford said. The young player added that the physicality of the defenders has been surprising even for him being a young player. He admits to getting smashed by big, tough defenders who want to stop him in his tracks. The player quickly busted into the international scene, getting invited for Euro 2016 under former boss Roy Hodgson though he wasn’t used much. Current Three Lions interim manager Gareth Southgate has returned him t the Under 21 set-up so he could further develop.
“You don’t go through a game of football without having a knock. I don’t think I have done that for years! It does toughen you up,” Rashford said of the physicality he’s been facing from various defenders.
“When you get the first knock it kind of wakes you up, you know they are men and it is not like Under 18s when you can take loads of knocks and know you will be fine, that you won’t feel anything after the game. You definitely get harder knocks but it helps. You just get up and get on with the game, and then you can give it to the, back,” Rashford added.