Former Town manager Mick Buxton has hailed Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford as the “best young player in England”.
Buxton sung the praises of the 19-year-old England international ahead of the Red Devils’ visit to the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend.
In-form Rashford will head to Huddersfield for Saturday’s Premier League contest in confident mood having scored the winner in United’s midweek Champions League win over Benfica.
And Buxton, whose 1980 Town team made club owner Dean Hoyle fall in love with the Terriers, believes that Rashford poses the greatest threat to Town interests.
“Rashford is an outstanding talent and, for me, he is the best young player in England at the moment. He has got the lot – superb finishing skills, he’s a powerful figure and he’s got a great attitude to the game,” Buxton told TOTT.
Buxton knows a thing or two about developing young players and during his spell the likes of current Town chief executive Julian Winter came through the ranks.
The 74-year-old also played a key role in the setting up of Premier League academies after a distinguished managerial career, which saw him lead Town from the Fourth Division to Second Division.
“It’s not ideal for Town but Rashford has done really well for United since he burst onto the scene. But I must admit that he’s one of the players I enjoy watching the most because there’s no messing about with him at all”.
“He’s skilful, fast, strong and direct with an eye for goal but what I really like about him is that he never seems to go to ground easily when he’s challenged”.
“There’s only one thing on his mind when he’s attacking and that’s to get in on goal which has been like a breath of fresh air,” Buxton added.
Rashford has been declared fit for the first Town-United clash in 47 years by manager Jose Mourinho after limping off during the Benfica game.
“Rashford will be one to watch for the Town defenders but I’m sure that David Wagner will be trying to come up with a plan to contain him”.
“His defenders will have to work hard to make sure that Town fans don’t see the best of him because when he gets into his stride he takes some stopping. I hope he has an off-day,” Buxton said.
To promote new Town book, The 101 Club, which is published by Great Northern Books, Buxton will head to the Canalside on Thursday, November 30 (7pm) in an event organised by the HTSA.