Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford says Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny is the toughest defender he has ever faced.
The 18-year-old only made his senior debut for the Red Devils in February but has quickly established himself as one of the hottest talents in the country after making an instant impact in the first team.
After scoring twice on his full debut in the Europa League Rashford again remarkably bagged a double three days later on his Premier League debut as United beat Arsenal 3-2.
Rashford continued making the headlines throughout the end of the season, grabbing the winner at the Etihad and becoming the youngest ever scorer in a Premier League Manchester derby as United beat City.
The striker’s form for Jose Mourinho’s side has also seen him called up to the England team, making his full debut in May and scoring on his first appearance in a 2-1 win at Wembley.
Speaking about his rise to prominence Rashford was asked who is the hardest opponent he has ever come up against and gave the France international the nod.
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“I think, individually, it would be Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal. He was a difficult defender to play against,” he told Manchester United’s official website.
Koscielny’s form and consistency ensures he is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and he was part of the France squad that reached the final of Euro 2016, playing in the final defeat to Portugal.
The 31-year-old has blossomed at Arsenal since joining from Lorient and his burgeoning partnership alongside Shkodran Mustafi, the duo have kept clean sheets in the team’s last three games, bodes well for the Gunners’ future.