JESSE LINGARD has backed best mate Marcus Rashford to hit the lofty heights of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The England striker is in red-hot form with 10 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likened the 22-year-old star to the Portuguese ace after his derby day performance in the 2-1 win at Man City.
And those thoughts are echoed by midfielder Lingard who believes Rashford has even more to offer on the field.
He told the Independent: "He’s still got miles more in the locker. He can reach those heights.
“He’s humble, he works hard, listens to the coaches and listens to his family, listens to me! But he does everything right.”
Despite five years difference in age between the pair, they remain close off the field that stems from their time coming through the United academy together.
Lingard has watched Rashford's rise into the first-team and admits his potential was plain for all to see as a youth player.
He added: "He’s still so young and only 22, but the ability he has, I’ve seen it from the get go.
"I’ve seen him when he was younger, the goals he’s scored. I was like: ‘Who is this kid?’”
Lingard has endured a difficult spell at Old Trafford and a drop in form has limited him to just six league starts this season.
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