Prior to the Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Manchester United and Paris Saint-German, there were trending comparison between Kylian Mbappe and United’s Marcus Rashford making rounds web.
Paris St-German’s supporters claimed their wonderkid is miles above the England international while we have the Old Trafford club supporters saying same about Marcus Rashford.
The comparison became more intense some hours before the encounter as both fans can’t wait to see who carries the day between Rashford and the 2018 World Cup winner.
The highly-anticipated clash started at Old Trafford and all eyes were on the two youngsters to see if they would live up to expectations.
Sadly for United supporters, the night wasn’t for them as they watched their team suffered first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, that wasn’t the most painful thing anyway.
To add salt to their injury, Kylian Mbappe was the star of the night. He was obviously the most impressive youngster on the pitch throughout the game.
His pace was handful for Eric Bailly and other United defenders. His runs and positioning were spot-on throughout the night.
He capped his wonderful display at the Theater of Dreams with a great goal when he converted Di Maria’s pass from close range.
At the opposite end of the pitch, 21-year-old striker Marcus Rashford was quiet throughout as experienced Thiago Silva prevented him from making any meaningful impact for the Red Devils.
He was eventually hauled off in the second half by Solskjaer who threw Romelu Lukaku into the fray to see if the Belgian can get at least a goal.
After the game, one thing was obvious and confirmed — Mbappe is a talented, world-class player while Marcus Rashford is a talented player but a class lower than the Frenchman.
Judging by records and past achievements, the young Frenchman is equally ahead of his English counterpart.
Having played in 144 first-team games for Monaco and PSG, Mbappe who recently turned 20, has scored 75 goals compared to Rashford who has 42 goals from 154 games.
During the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, it was Mbappe’s performance that helped the Les Blues clinched their third World Cup trophy and he was honoured as the most valuable player of the tournament just at age 19.
As for Rashford, the versatile star was equally in fine form for the Three Lions during the tournament but wasn’t an integral part of Gareth Southgate’s team.
This is not to deny the fact that Rashford has massive potential to become a great striker in the nearest future.
But the fact remains Mbappe is already among the best strikers in the world while Rashford is yet to attain such feat, though, he possess huge potentials to do so.