Marcus Rashford labelled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo as “nice”, but the Manchester United forward said he still had a way to go to reach those heights.
Rashford was compared to Ronaldo by his manager after starring in United’s 2-1 Premier League win over Manchester City last week.
But while happy with such talk, the 22-year-old said he needed to improve to match the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and United great.
“The Ronaldo thing was nice, definitely a compliment,” Rashford told BBC Sport.
“But I understand how far I’ve got left to go to reach the heights he reached so I am very clear-minded and focused on myself.”
Rashford came through the academy at United and has already made 191 senior appearances for the Premier League giants, scoring 58 goals.
The forward has a painting on the walls at Carrington after coming through the youth system and Rashford said he knew the responsibility he held.
“It is a bit overwhelming but it is the process of development. The players I looked up to are obviously older now. The younger players look up to us,” he said.
“The transition happens so fast. When I understood that, my perception of that picture changed a little bit.
“When I was younger and saw people such as [David] Beckham and [Paul] Scholes on the walls, it gave me that determination every time you went to training. I wanted to reach those heights. I knew they were on the other side of the building, training every day and working hard. I was so far away from them but so close at the same time.
“It’s happening now where people like me and Scotty [McTominay] are an example to some of the academy lads who are coming in. It will be the same in a few years’ time, when it’s the next lot of kids.
“While that happens, I don’t see United’s breeding of players slowing down.”