27 Feb 2016

Confirmed: Liverpool tried to sign 'unbelievable' striker who broke 52-year old goal record

On Thursday, Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford broke George Best's 52-year-old record to become the club's youngest ever European goalscorer, and according to his old youth coach, Liverpool tried to sign Rashford before he ended up at Old Trafford.

In the interview with the Manchester Evening News, Fletcher Moss Rangers chairman Ron Jamieson confirmed:

"Liverpool were clamouring around him [Rashford], but once Man United came in, I don't think he'd have chosen anyone else. He's a United fan".

Man United antipathy aside, Rashford's story is a bit of a football fairytale: homegrown young player (who supports United) scores two goals on his debut at Old Trafford.

What makes it even more endearing is that Rashford only got his opportunity due to an injury just minutes before the game kicked-off.

It's the stuff dreams are made of, but just like every young British player who displays a smidgen of talent, Rashford - described by Louis Van Gaal as 'unbelievable - will now be overhyped beyond belief by fans and the media.

I doubt anyone at Anfield is losing any sleep over losing out on Rashford, but in my view, he made the right decision to reject Liverpool.

In the last 25 years, only two young strikers (Fowler and Owen) have made it through the LFC youth system to become first-team regulars, and in all probability, Rashford would've fallen by the wayside, too.

Can you imagine a Liverpool manager starting a totally untested 18-year old in a vital make-or-break European game? Say what you want about Van Gaal, but he made an exciting, progressive decision, and it paid dividends.

Author: Jaimie K



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