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Milan great Baresi would like ´extraordinary´ Rashford to join Rossoneri

SoccerNews in Serie A 11 Mar 2021

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Milan great Franco Baresi believes Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford would be a good fit for the Italian giants due to his versatility in attack.

Rashford has been a regular for United since breaking into the first team five years ago as an 18-year-old.

The England international has 85 goals in 257 games for the Red Devils and 11 in 40 caps for his country.

He has been used predominantly on the left flank this term, though the United academy product can also operate on the right or through the middle.

And Baresi, who is behind only Paolo Maldini in the list of all-time appearance-makers for Milan, would like to see Rashford at San Siro one day.

Asked by The Times which United player he would sign for Milan, the club’s honorary vice-president Baresi said: “I like Marcus Rashford a lot,  he’s an extraordinary player. He wouldn’t be bad for Milan. 

“He can play in any position up front; it would be a nice advantage.

“Rashford is a modern forward who has everything required to do well. He has already shown and done great things and he has a lot of quality.”

Rashford has been ruled out of United’s Europa League last-16 first leg with Milan at Old Trafford on Thursday with an ankle injury.

The heavyweight clubs have met on 10 occasions in European competition, but this will be their first encounter outside of the European Cup and Champions League.

Milan have not competed in UEFA’s primary club competition since 2013-14, but they are second in Serie A and are among the favourites to go all the way in the Europa League.

“We are doing well. We’re second in the league and always looking ahead, never to the past,” Baresi said. 

“Our objective is to get back into the Champions League and we find ourselves in a good position that we want to maintain.

“Winning Serie A would be the best outcome, of course, but the main aim is a return to the Champions League. 

“United are also in a similar position, they went out of the Champions League, maybe unexpectedly. United is a team that always aims to achieve great things.”

Milan have been eliminated from six of their last seven last-16 ties in major European competition, having progressed from each of the previous nine such matches.

The Italian giants have eliminated United on four of the previous five occasions they have met in the knockout stages of a competition, however, and Baresi is hoping for the same outcome in this latest two-legged tie.

“It’s a shame to meet United in the last 16, as it would’ve been nice to face them later in the competition,” he said

“But football is made up of cycles. We are coming into this game convinced we can do well, and we’re hoping for two great matches where we can annoy United.”

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