Glorious night in Paris 'He can be world class' - Rio Ferdinand salutes Marcus Rashford as Man United beat PSG
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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford has the potential to become a world class striker after his stunning strike gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side a fine win in Paris.
After a season away from European football’s top table, the Red Devils returned to action at the Parc des Princes, where just 19 months ago they secured one of their greatest ever comebacks in this competition.
Rashford fired home the late winner that night and again sealed a last-gasp United triumph in the French capital, where last season’s Champions League finalists PSG were deservedly overcome 2-1 in Tuesday’s Group H opener.
It inspired BT Sport analyst Ferdinand to hail Rashford as a player who could join the game's elite after a stunning finish saw off PSG.
"He can definitely be world class if he keeps improving," said Ferdinand. "He needs to add that poacher’s element to his game.
"When Wayne Rooney signed for United, he scored outrageous goals, he didn't score ugly goals. He became obsessed with scoring.
"Marcus scores fantastic goals and creates fantastic goals – if he can create that ugly side to the game then this kid can be unbelievable.
"The difference between Rashford and (Kylian) Mbappe is when Mbappe gets the ball I'm on the edge of my seat because he shapes up to go for goal. Marcus will have a look up and think about it a bit more."
Many predicted a home win given the side’s contrasting fortunes of late, with David De Gea making two important early stops before Anthony Martial was brought down in the box by Abdou Diallo midway through the first half.
Stand-in skipper Bruno Fernandes saw his penalty saved for the second successive match, but held his nerve to find the net after the Video Assistant Referee ordered a retake for Keylor Navas straying off his line.
United looked convincing in a 3-5-2 formation and could have gone further ahead, only for Martial to glance a Neymar corner into his own net and spark a helter-skelter conclusion.
Both sides had chances to win but United looked more impressive and, just as Solskjaer’s side looked set for a morale-boosting draw, Rashford lashed a superb late winner to stun PSG once more.
"It's a different feeling from the last time we won here, it's at the start of the group stage but we've beaten a fantastic team," said Solskjaer.
"Last time it was a knockout and it was euphoric, this is sterile without the fans but it's still excellent and we deserved to win.
"When you go away to a team like this against Neymar and Mbappe you have to defend well and your keeper will have to make saves. Axel Tuanzebe is a top defender and his first game in 10 months was testament to the quality he has.
"We know we need 10 points to get through so next week's game is very important. There are so many games."