Carragher: Mourinho must unleash Rashford as a striker

Date published: Saturday 6th May 2017 12:23

Jamie Carragher thinks Marcus Rashford should be utilised as a striker more often for Manchester United following his impressive display against Celta Vigo on Thursday.

The England international led the line well for the Red Devils against Celta in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, winning and converting a superb free-kick to give United a 1-0 victory.

And Carragher reckons “special talent” Rashford must be used by Jose Mourinho in a more central striking role next season.

“The goal was magnificent, the latest indication that Manchester United have a special talent on their hands,” Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

“But it wasn’t the precision of the strike, the quality of the connection or the accuracy of the placement that impressed me most about Marcus Rashford’s free-kick against Celta Vigo. It was the fact he stepped up to take it in the first place.

“There were others on the field who looked more natural takers, such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and even Daley Blind. But Rashford, at just 19 years old, was in complete control of the situation and the confidence he has in his ability was demonstrated in its execution.

“Rashford is bursting with belief at the moment. His goal against Anderlecht put United in the Europa League last four and his strike in Vigo means they have one foot in the final in Stockholm. The confidence others have in him is clear to see.

“His pace has given United a dimension they have lacked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no matter how well the Swede has performed.

“Speed is the one thing defenders hate playing against and Rashford is like a whippet.

“With Zlatan struggling to be back in 2017, Jose Mourinho has two options: buy players or give Rashford his head in his best position.

“Jose doesn’t normally do that but hopefully that will change. This young lad needs to be unleashed as a striker more often next season.”

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