Danny Murphy insists Marcus Rashford has the credentials to be a future Manchester United captain.
The United academy graduate has scored 64 goals in 201 appearances since making his senior debut in 2015.
Rashford, 22, has previously been backed to become United captain by current skipper Harry Maguire and former Red Devils striker Dimitar Berbatov.
And ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy has echoed their thoughts.
He told White and Sawyer on talkSPORT: “I don’t think now is the right time, I think he seems to have a wonderful mentality from a young player going into the side at a club like Manchester United.
“He is potentially a captain, there’s no problem saying that, but I don’t think there’s any need to put that pressure on him at the moment because there will be other players who can take that mantle.
With Rashford being a Manchester boy, understanding the club, being there for another three of four years and playing like he did most of last season, yeah, maybe we can have the conversation again, but certainly not yet.”
Rashford was enjoying his best scoring season with 19 goals in all competitions before being sidelined with a back in January.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has brought Premier League football to a halt since March 13, has further delayed his return.
Murphy believes Rashford will not let any praise he receives go to his head.
He added: “There’s lots of press about lots of young players – some of it good and some of it bad.
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“If you read all the good and start believing the hype, it can affect you.
“One of my best managers, Gerard Houllier, used to talk to me about the comfort zone where you start believing the hype about yourself and what you’re going to be rather than what you are.
“I don’t think Rashford is going to fall into that category. He’s shown a wonderful maturity since he’s come into the squad.
“So part of the joinery you go on as a Premier League footballer and becoming a top-class player is being able to maintain the discipline, the work ethic and the level of performance while you’re getting those plaudits.
“That’s part of the journey and I don’t have a worry about him.”