Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has praised Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos after the Benfica ace scored a World Cup hat-trick.

Having been given the nod over Cristiano Ronaldo by Selecao boss Fernando Santos, the 21-year-old repaid his manager’s faith by netting a hat-trick against Switzerland.

It was Ramos’ first start for his country, and he showed he wasn’t weighed down by the pressure of shining with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner watching on from the bench.

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Benfica’s number 88 helped fire Portugal to the World Cup quarter-finals in what was arguably the most impressive and dominant performance by any nation so far in Qatar.

Santos’ men beat the Swiss 6-1 to set up a last-eight clash with Morocco on Saturday which Ramos will be hoping to start ahead of United’s former number seven.

Marcus Rashford talks up Portugal and Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos

Ramos’ hat-trick against Switzerland moved him level with Rashford on three World Cup goals, alongside seven other players, in the race to win the Golden Boot.

But when asked about how he felt after the Portuguese youngster moved level with him in the Golden Boot race, Rashford was full of praise for Portugal’s man of the moment.

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Speaking on England’s latest episode of the Lion’s Den, Rashford said: “I don’t think that lad has had many starts for Portugal, so it’s a big moment for him.

“I’m obviously happy for him! I think he played well in the game, so he deserves it.”

Rashford isn’t the only Manchester United player to have talked up and been impressed by Ramos.

Bruno Fernandes named six qualities that Ramos possesses which make him perfect suited to the style Erik ten Hag is trying to implement at Old Trafford.

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The Sun reported in October that Manchester United were monitoring Ramos’ impressive start to the campaign which has seen him score 14 goals for Benfica and a further four for his country.

With Manchester United keen to sign a new striker to replace Ronaldo, if Ramos continues in his current vein of form his name is likely to be spoken about internally at the Theatre of Dreams.

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