Man Utd boss Mourinho targets two strikers as Rashford fails to impress

Date published: Sunday 1st July 2018 8:29

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen his attacking options this summer, according to reports.

The Manchester Evening News claims that the Portuguese coach remains unconvinced that Marcus Rashford can provide adequate back-up for Romelu Lukaku next season.

Mourinho is reportedly worried about his options up front with the Red Devils boss keen to play Rashford out wide.

Although Rashford hasn’t been terrible at the FIFA World Cup when called upon for England, his missed chance when one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois highlighted Mourinho’s worries.

There is no doubt that Mourinho believes in Rashford and the report continues by saying he “remains a huge admirer of the 20-year-old.”

However, the United manager isn’t totally convinced of his ability to make the centre forward position his own and would like a similar player to act as back-up for Lukaku.

Mario Mandzukic and Marko Arnautovic are the two players highlighted by the report as potential targets to deputise for the Belgium international.

Rashford was given a chance to impress in England’s final group match of the World Cup against Belgium but he missed their biggest chance of the match as Gareth Southgate’s men lost 1-0.

“To be fair it’s not the first time it’s happened against him [Courtois],” Rashford told ITV. “I know he comes out fast and spreads himself big when he comes out.

“I think if I keep it on the floor and there’s a bit of extra detail in the finish it’s got more of a chance of going in. But I lifted it a bit and he got a touch to it.”

Former England striker Ian Wright thinks Rashford should have done better with the chance.

“He’s opened his body up and you’re thinking he can whip it into the other corner,” Wright said. “You’ve got to be a bit more confident and clever to do that.

“That’s what you do in training. I used to do a lot of that with David Seaman.”

 

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