Big boots: Rashford's numbers put him up there with Ronaldo

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

Rashford, who scored for England against Spain and Switzerland during the worldwide break, had been urged by former Premier League star, Alan Shearer to quit United due to his lack of regular playing time under manager, Jose Mourinho.

Having broken into the United first-team at the age of 18, Rashford has already made 126 appearances for the Red Devils, grabbing 32 goals and 17 assists.

"I don't see Rashford ever displacing Lukaku so long as he is there, but Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away from there and go to Everton", Carragher said on Sky Sports after England's win. But he has struggled to hold down a starting place due to the competition caused by the emergence of Jesse Lingard and the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. He had left [Riyad] Mahrez out of the team, so he needed to get him on because he [Mahrez] is still adapting to the way of playing.

Daily Telegraph columnist Jamie Carragher made the point that Rashford has the most hard of tasks at United - a young player coming through as a striker at a big club.

"We have to remember that I don't think Harry, at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the matches for Spurs, really".

Incidentally, he has now played more minutes for England this season in two matches than he has for United in four.

There have been questions about whether Mourinho fully trusts the young striker, but England boss Southgate has insisted that the young forward has the full support of his club manager. They have to try to win matches.

"But the media is very important and it is very important Manchester United supporters know the truth, that's why I'm going so specific about these numbers".

'The ones that wake up in the morning [in the media] and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them because here are more exciting things in life. They have to rotate their squads.

"It's not my business to interfere with club managers, they have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, huge competition for places, so Jose thinks the world of Marcus", he said.

"It's not my business to interfere with club managers, they have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, huge competition for places".

Even with some of the step-overs and things [Cristiano] Ronaldo was doing at that age he wasn't converting them into the number of goals, so we have to give him [Rashford] time to develop.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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