Michael Owen believes Marcus Rashford falls short in one key area to be Manchester United’s go-to centre forward.
The former United and Real Madrid striker has been in the news this week with his autobiography aiming blows at Alan Shearer over his wish to leave Newcastle and at how Liverpool tried to offload Steven Gerrard two years before they sold him.
And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this week ordering Rashford and Anthony Martial to undergo extra training to work on their goalscoring threat, Owen has cast doubts over the suitability of Rashford to be United’s No 9.
“I don’t think scoring goals is what he goes to bed craving,” Owen said at the launch of his autobiography ‘Reboot’. “I think it is overall performance, chipping in with goals, assists, everything.
“He is a better all round player than me. He has a great touch and all round skill that I never had, but he hasn’t got the killer instinct that I had. I was just obsessed.
“Players like Robbie Fowler, Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”
Owen also doubts whether Rashford has it within him to alter his mindset, adding: “You can definitely improve your finishing, but I don’t think you can improve your instinct and I don’t think you can improve the way you are made.
“I know Rashford was never a centre forward as a kid. He always wanted to play wide or as a number 10 and I know his coaches at the Man Utd academy were always encouraging him to follow the ball in, get tap ins and get into the box, be a goalscorer.
“It was never really his desire. He was always outside the box, great touch and everything else.
“He will always score a decent number of goals and he is an absolutely wonderfully talented player, but when you mention Aguero, that cold-blooded constantly thinking about goals, I don’t think [he’s got that].”
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