Manchester United news: Matthijs de Ligt names Marcus Rashford as the toughest striker he has faced

Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt has named Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford as the toughest striker he has come up against in his career.

The in-demand centre-back has been the subject of huge amounts of transfer speculation, with a number of top European clubs showing interest in his signature.

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De Ligt and Rashford faced eachother in the 2017 Europa League final

Man United have been strongly linked with a move for the Dutch sensation – and they may take heart from the fact he has confessed Rashford is one of Europe’s best forwards.

Speaking in a Q&A with Ajax TV, De Ligt was asked who his hardest opponent has been and after a moment of consideration he delivered his answer with a wry smile.

“That has to be Rashford, from Manchester United,” he said. “Great player, quick, technical skills.”

Rashford and De Ligt went head to head in the 2017 Europa League final, where United came out on top in a 2-0 victory.

And it is said Old Trafford chiefs still have hope of signing him after he reportedly asked Barcelona for assurances over his playing time.

However, Real Madrid have also entered the race for the teenager following news that Sergio Ramos wants to leave the club.

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