The England international is enjoying his most prolific season to date, having netted 12 goals in the Premier League already this season, and was on the score sheet again on Saturday as the Red Devils saw off Burnley.
Rashford has predominantly lined up off the left wing, cutting inside, but Van Persie believes he has the intelligence of movement to suggest his future lies elsewhere.
‘The dummy [run] you made before the goal against Liverpool was absolutely amazing,’ Van Persie told Rashford in a sit-down interview for BT Sport.
The 22-year-old attacker responded: ‘Yeah the defender made my mind up, because I was going to run to the near post but he over-covered.’
Van Persie continued: ‘Only the top players realise that, in that split second. Actions like that shows me that you will end up in the main striker position.’
But Rashford disagreed and feels his current role, which gives him license to roam and dovetail with frontman Anthony Martial, is his preferred position.
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‘The position that I’m playing now, this is my favourite position I think,’ said Rashford in response to Van Persie.
‘Because it’s not really left wing and it’s not number nine. But when you’re a number nine you have to be prepared to not see the ball.’
Van Persie added: ‘Number nine is the most difficult position. You have to be good at everything.’
Rashford was also asked about the player he shares the best connection with on the pitch, and he was quick to name two players that stand out.
‘Anthony and Paul [Pogba] is a good partnership,’ he said. ‘There’s nothing better for a striker if you’re playing a game and you both score – I go home smiling. It’s a beautiful feeling. For Paul, he takes so much pride in his passing. When he gives a ball, he cares about it.’
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