Manchester United unearthed an absolute superstar in Marcus Rashford a few years ago.
The 20-year-old has since gone from strength-to-strength for both club and country. His meteoric rise has truly been remarkable. However, according to The Mirror, England boss Gareth Southgate has sent him a warning regarding future; in relation to playing time.
Rashford has started just once in United’s four opening games. He did come on as a second-half substitute against Burnley last time out, but the striker was sent off for a ‘headbutt’ on Phil Bardsley. That has resulted in a three-game ban for the #10, who’ll now miss some big opportunities to stack his claim for a place in the team.
“The only way for him to improve is by playing. He knows we have real belief in him.” Southgate said, per The Mirror.
“I think we also have to remember his age and what he’s achieved in a short period of time. He’s got a tremendous mentality, he’s got great talent, we think he’s got everything to go on and be a top player and I’m sure he’ll do that.”
Whether this is Southgate hinting at wanting Rashford to potentially move away from Old Trafford, I’m not so sure.
We’ve seen that the England manager will only start players whom are running out regularly for their club sides. I don’t see any issue with that. Rashford will get his minutes, the season is long, injuries will happen, and the Champions League is just around the corner.
The fact that Southgate has warned Rashford should only make the forward even hungrier to succeed. I fancy him to make a huge impact as soon as he returns from his ban.