Paul Pogba has hailed Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe as the ‘future of football’. Rashford has made a huge impact on and off the pitch in recent years, helping the Red Devils win the Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup since breaking into the firs-team as a teenager in 2015. Still only 23, Rashford is closing in on 300 appearances for Manchester United and has scored 11 goals in 40 matches for England, who he will hope to fire to European Championship glory this summer. Mbappe, meanwhile, is widely considered one of the best players in the world, having scored 106 goals in 123 games for French champions PSG and winning the World Cup with France in 2018.
Pogba has hailed his Manchester United and France teammates and says the ‘talented’ stars are the ‘future of football’. Speaking in a Q&A with United Review, Pogba said: ‘They are two big, big, big talents. I think they are so young and so talented. ‘They achieved so much for their young age. I think they are the present and the future of football.’
Pogba, who scored in the 2018 World Cup final, was also asked to name the best French player of all time and went for current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. ‘This is a tough question!’ he said. ‘Maybe I would say, and it is my opinion, and it would be because of my generation also, I might say Zinedine Zidane. ‘It’s because of my generation that is who I see and all that. There are other names obviously – Henry, Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin – many, many icons, top-class players. But, from my generation, I would say Zinedine Zidane.’