George Dobson has already watched Marcus Rashford rating one winner at Old Trafford this season however is relishing the prospect to stop Charlton from struggling the identical destiny on Tuesday.
The Sky Bet League One membership head to Manchester United backed by practically 10,000 followers for his or her Carabao Cup quarter-final tie having shocked Premier League outfit Brighton within the final spherical.
It provides Dobson and plenty of of his team-mates a primary alternative to play at Old Trafford however the brand new membership captain did go to the stadium as lately as October to observe West Ham lose 1-0 by way of considered one of Rashford’s 13 objectives this season.
“I have been Old Trafford a couple of times,” Dobson informed the PA information company.
“I am a West Ham fan so I have been a couple of times to watch them.
“I actually went this season and watched the game up there, so I’ve been as a fan but walking out at the tunnel and playing, especially in the quarter-finals of the cup will be a completely different experience.
“Old Trafford is up there with Anfield as one of the most prestigious stadiums in England, obviously the biggest crowd, so it will be a wonderful evening for everyone involved in the club.”
Dobson witnessed Dimitri Payet’s memorable free-kick for West Ham in an FA Cup tie at Manchester United in the course of the 2015-16 season, a marketing campaign the place the previous Arsenal and Hammers teen was named on the bench twice by then-boss Slaven Bilic.
Around the identical time Rashford skilled his breakthrough and regardless of a difficult couple of years, the England worldwide seems again to his finest having scored 4 occasions on the World Cup and after already reaching double figures underneath new United supervisor Erik ten Hag this time period.
Rashford is simply 15 days older than Dobson, who remembers going through his fellow 25-year-old throughout his academy days at Arsenal.
He added: “Yeah I played against Rashford in the youth teams.
“I just remember him being so sharp. He wasn’t the tallest but I remember him being so sharp.
“Then he obviously broke through and has done what he has done. This season he has been in unbelievable form so if he plays it will be a big test for us but one we are really looking forward to.
“He obviously had a dip in form for a period of time but he is an unbelievable footballer.
“With his pace, quality on the ball and finishing, he has a bit of everything. It has come back together again this season under Ten Hag so he will be a huge threat.”
In-form Rashford began and scored for United within the final spherical in opposition to Burnley on the identical evening Charlton shocked Brighton on penalties.
Anthony Hayes was caretaker for the shoot-out success over the Seagulls, however Dean Holden has now been employed as Ben Garner’s alternative.
Holden would be the third Addicks supervisor to take cost of a Carabao Cup tie this season and three is identical variety of shoot-outs they’ve received after dumping out QPR and Stevenage by the identical methodology.
“It was a brilliant evening against Brighton and then to get the draw we did was obviously unbelievable,” Dobson admitted.
“We could win in normal time but if we have to settle for pens, I fancy us.”
Dobson will lead Charlton out at Old Trafford after being named captain by Holden final month and is decided to assist the London membership get again into the Championship.
The 25-year-old hopes a brand new 12 months can deliver recent hope for Charlton and their loyal supporters, who he urged to take confidence from Brighton’s victory at United in August.
He mentioned: “It will be an unbelievable atmosphere taking nearly 10,000 Charlton fans and a special evening for everyone involved.
“Obviously going to Old Trafford, we take belief that we have beaten Brighton and you have got to dream in football because you never know what can happen.”