The England international had been enjoying his most prolific season to date, before he sustained an injury during anFA Cupreplay against Wolves last month that is likely to keep him out of action until March.
Following the departure ofRomelu Lukakuand Alexis Sanchez in the summer, Rashford has assumed the mantle of United’s main marksman and he has repaid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s faith to the tune of 19 goals in all competitions.
Rashford has formed an excellent understanding with the likes of Anthony Martial and Daniel James, but neither boast the physical presence of Cantona who Giggs insists would have been the ideal foil for the 22-year-old.
‘He was just different,’ Giggs, who was Louis van Gaal’s assistant when Rashford made his United debut back in 2016, told Bleacher Report. ‘You see him there, look how big he is.
‘People don’t realise how big and strong he was. He was like a target man but also he had them little touches.
‘For you he would have been a dream. You know when you make those runs, he would always find you, and you wouldn’t have to break stride.
‘You know sometimes in a game, you make runs, you make runs, but no-one’s finding you?
‘As soon as he got the ball, he wasn’t interested in scoring – he wanted to score – but he got as much pleasure out of making assists. He was brilliant to play with.’
With Rashford currently sidelined for the foreseeable future, Solskjaer was forced to take drastic action int he final hours of the January transfer window, recruiting former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on loan until the end of the season.
The Nigeria international could take up to a month to get back up to speed, but he is relishing the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Rashford and teenager Mason Greenwood.
‘These players are great players,’ he said. ‘Greenwood is a very good player; young, very good left foot, I’ve watched some of his game.
‘Martial is very skilful, he can do so much magic with the ball and Rashford I think is, for me, one of the best, if not the best, player in Europe right now.
‘He’s doing well, scoring goals; he’s fast, he has good technique. Unfortunately, he is injured now and hopefully I am looking forward to playing with him, because he is a good player.
‘So, for me, it is just a plus to the team, to work hard with these guys and make sure we end the season very well.’