Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has today hit out against comparisons between today’s youngsters and English legend Michael Owen.
Following his breakout season last year, Red Devils youngster Marcus Rashford has regularly been hyped up as the next Old Trafford great by fans and pundits alike, despite having just 12 Premier League goals to his name.
Additionally, following his recent heroics for the Welsh national team, a number of outlets have suggested that striker Ben Woodburn has the potential to make the same type of impact at Anfield as was made by Ballon D’Or winner Michael Owen during his 8 seasons with the club.
However, Ferdinand claims that comparing either of the aforementioned youngsters, or even recent PSG signing Kylian Mbappe, to world-class stars the likes of Michael Owen, is disrespectful.
He points to the fact that Owen had netted 50 goals and been awarded two Golden Boots by the age of 19, whereas Rashford has managed 20 goals for United at the same age.
Check out the BT Sport pundit’s passionate argument below: