Man Utd legend weighs in on Rashford vs. Lukaku debate

Date published: Sunday 4th November 2018 4:13

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton FC at Old Trafford on October 28, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Marcus Rashford will be disappointed not to be starting every match at Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand has warned.

Rashford came off the bench on Saturday afternoon, scoring a last minute winner in a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth.

However, the England international missed a number of clear chances prior to that, though Ferdinand believes that will be down to a lack of rhythm having not started many games recently.

“Marcus Rashford is a great talent who needs to be nurtured,” the 39-year-old told BT Sport when asked why he should Rashford should start every match.

“Mourinho has given him opportunities, he’s played many, many minutes.

“But I believe he is at an age now where he will be sitting there [and] if he’s not starting, he’ll be disappointed.

“He’s gone from being that player who’s been brought into the squad, who’s happy to come off the bench and make that impact.

“He’s now at a place where in his own mind he’s thinking ‘I should be starting here’ and when he doesn’t, that’s a deflator.

“I don’t think he’s at the point in his career where he should say he’s a definite No.9 down the middle.

“But I do think in a young player’s development… you’ve seen it with top players with Wayne Rooney on the left wing at times for Man Utd, [Cristiano] Ronaldo on the wing and up front. Players move about at a young age, then find their position.

“You look at Lukaku. Lukaku’s goalscoring record is up there, it’s fantastic, he scores goals. But in the best teams you need more than that.

“You need to be able to bring other people into play, you need to be able to complement people in your team, things have to be set up off you.

“At the moment, in a Man Utd shirt, some things break down in Lukaku. And that affects other players in the team, like [Paul] Pogba and [Jesse] Lingard, who want to play off people.”

 

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