LUKE Monaghan hopes to take a leaf out of a star spectator’s book and help Denton Town one step closer to being on Manchester United’s level.
For he previously worked under the gaze of star Marcus Rashford.
The forward has linked up with the Cheshire League side from Wythenshawe Town of the North West Counties League.
And he has revealed United ace Rashford, who comes from that area of south Manchester, often looked on as he and his team-mates were put through their paces.
Monaghan, who himself hails from Wythenshawe, said: “I used to see Marcus at training a fair bit. He’d turn up and watch Wythenshawe.
“A couple of the lads that played there are mates with him, so he would come down and watch the train.
“When I was training and looked up and saw him there, I thought, ‘I’d best turn it on a bit here.’ He certainly has big boots to fill.
“What he’s done, away from football too, is massive for the area but the flag that was posted on the Welcome to Wythenshawe sign definitely was not one of mine!
“It was decent playing at Wythenshawe. The set of lads there are very good.”
As well as appearing on the other side of Manchester, Monaghan has showed his talents on the other side of the world.
He previously had a stint playing in Australia for Ipswich Knights in the Brisbane Premier League.
And no matter what conditions are thrown his way at Whittle’s Park, it will be nothing like Queensland.
The 22-year-old added: “It was always hot and humid out there. It certainly tested your fitness but it was good for me, it was a good standard of football.
“I might be young but there’s a bit of experience on my shoulders.
“And it was a quick decision to make the move to Denton Town. I didn’t really have to think about it as I just want to get back playing football.
“The aim is definitely to work hard and hopefully get some wins – some trophies and getting promoted would be nice too.”