Marcus Rashford has warned his Man Utd team-mates have blocked his route to the Ballon d’Or

Marcus Rashford has been sensational this season for Manchester United, but Louis Saha has questioned whether his Red Devils team-mates are standing in his way to the Ballon d’Or.

Marcus Rashford has performed well this season

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will be shortlisted to win the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappé if he has a team that plays with “confidence”.

That is the opinion of Louis Saha, who believes Rashford is one of the best players in the world right now and the only difference between him and Mbappé is that the latter has won the World Cup. The 25-year-old has been in excellent form for the Red Devils this season, scoring 13 goals in 24 goals across all competitions.

Rashford also had an excellent World Cup with England in Qatar, having scored three goals in the tournament, including a brace against Wales in the group stage. The striker has scored in his last three Premier League games and will look to build on his impressive form for Saturday’s Manchester derby.

However, former United striker Saha admits that Rashford would be on the regular list of Ballon d’Or candidates if he comes into the team with confidence. This is despite United flying high in the Premier League at the moment, having lost just one of their last 10 top-flight games since their last meeting with Manchester City.

Speaking to BoyleSports, Saha said: “Marcus Rashford is one of the top five players in the world right now. One difference between him and Mbappe is the track record because Mbappe won the World Cup so his confidence has increased. If Rashford has been a team that plays with confidence , they are on the list with all the usual Ballon d’Or contenders.

“Anytime he’s playing straight and his fitness is right, he’s not available. He’s so talented and it’s frustrating because he thinks too much.”

Marcus Rashford celebrating his goal for Man Utd in December

Rashford’s improvement this season is something that many pundits and supporters alike did not expect, having only scored five goals last term. However, Erik ten Hag’s influence and the Wythenshawe-born striker’s change of mind have helped him develop and record impressive numbers in recent months.

The United manager revealed after their 3-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup that Rashford has put in a lot of work on the training ground. Ten Hag was impressed by Rashford’s dedication in training at Carrington, and revealed he has worked hard to become a better all-round finisher.

Ten Hag said: “I watched engineering classes every day with Marcus Rashford. He impressed me from the first training session.

“In the penalty area, every shot goes past the post and is hard and pure. Everything is of high quality, and always promptly. Of course, you start working with players like that to see where the biggest improvements are possible. With Marcus, for example, it’s head play, which isn’t great.

“We discussed it and started working on it with assistant coach Benni McCarthy. So it was great to see Marcus score against West Ham with a header. It was a great moment because you see the improvement by watching him.”

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