Manchester United. A club synonymous with producing and harnessing talent. Turning teenagers into stars of the future.
That mantra has continued, to my surprise, under Jose Mourinho. The self-proclaimed Special One has placed faith aplenty in Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and others, as they continue to develop at Old Trafford.
However, as seems to always be the case during the international break, the former has basically been told to leave United behind and get that regular football at a club like Everton.
That’s what Jamie Carragher reckons anyway. The ex-Liverpool man has urged Rashford to move on and get those regular starts as a striker.
‘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. He ended up top scorer and then got his move to Manchester United.” Carragher is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
‘Everton is a club where someone like a Rashford knows he can play every week. Last season, he played poorly against Brighton, Mourinho had a pop at him and Lukaku went straight back in the next game. That is the problem he will always have.’
While playing up top is undoubtedly his best position, as Carragher rightly states, Romelu Lukaku is just better. That’s not going to change any time soon, particularly after the Red Devils splashed £89million to land the man from Belgium.
Look, playing time isn’t a problem at United. Under Mourinho, Rashford is the most used outfield player. The problem is that he’s often started out wide which is obviously not his strong suit.
It’s a decision that only the player can make. Honestly, I think he’ll stick around as United is his boyhood club. Who knows what can happen in the future. If Rashford continues to develop, I wouldn’t bet against him forcing Lukaku out eventually.