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Marcus Rashford can reach Harry Kane's level - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

As Mauricio Pochettino prepares his side to face Manchester United at Wembley, could he potentially be facing a team he may be managing next season?

MANCHESTER, England -- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Marcus Rashford to emulate Harry Kane and become one of the most feared strikers in the world.

Kane has bagged 20 Premier League goals in each of his last four seasons and won the Golden Boot at last summer's World Cup. Rashford has scored in five of his last eight appearances and Solskjaer believes the 21-year-old can reach the same level as his England teammate.

"He can become a top, top striker," said Solskjaer. "We can talk about Harry Kane and his class, and I'm sure Marcus as well. He's got the potential to get up there.

"He's got frightening pace, he's now become stronger and can hold the ball up for us. He's a great link player. He's a very exciting player to work with." 

Rashford and Kane will go head-to-head at Wembley on Sunday when Manchester United take on Tottenham. The Premier League clash will also see Solskjaer go up against Mauricio Pochettino, the favourite to land the United manager's job permanently in the summer.

"I've only met him once myself. He was a very nice man to speak to and we had a nice chat," said the Norwegian, who has a contract at Old Trafford until the end of the season. "He's probably a very good man manager, but you've got to ask someone else. From the outside, he looks like that anyway.

"He's got good players, it's the same with me. It's easier to play an attacking way and your way when you've got good players, and he's got lots of good players."

Solskjaer has won his first five games as United boss but faces his first real test when he lines up against Tottenham. The 45-year-old's success in his first three weeks in the job has made him second favourite behind Pochettino to land the role but he insists there have not been further talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward since taking over from Jose Mourinho.

"No, we've not had that conversation," said Solskjaer."You don't plan five or six months ahead and then suddenly after two weeks change that. No, nothing's changed.

"We just keep working every single day on improving the team here. "I work with a fantastic coaching staff, I have to say.

"We'll put a plan together on how we want to look the next few months."

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