Manchester United Football Club have some great talents on their books. Developing youth has always been a part of their mantra.
Surprising to most, that ideology hasn’t changed under Jose Mourinho. The self-proclaimed Special One has continued to give home-grown talents their opportunities.
Perhaps the biggest beneficiary has been the brilliant Marcus Rashford. The United attacker enjoyed his best season last term, before jetting off to Russia to take part in the World Cup for the Three Lions.
It has been twelve months to remember, but that hasn’t stopped Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, claiming that the Wythenshawe-born attacker should consider leaving Old Trafford if the chance arises.
‘I think that Rashford, especially when he burst onto the scene, we saw flashes of a striker that can go into space and he can link up, and he can finish.’ Wright is quoted as saying by The Metro.
‘Now, what’s happened to him since he’s been at United on the left or the right, wherever they play him, he’s played everywhere apart from up front learning his trade.
‘He’s got pace, he’s got skill, he’s got finishing ability. He’s been playing in roles that have taken the edge of those sides of his game.
‘Rashford’s got massive, massive, decisions to make in the next year, 18 months for me. ‘He’s either got to leave Manchester United and play, and play in a position where he’s going to start to be that player we all thought he was going to be when he burst onto the scene, scoring goals left, right and centre every competition he has played in.
‘Or he’s going to have to stay there, whether it’s Mourinho or whoever it is, and maybe playing on the left, maybe playing on the right, maybe playing up front.’
I mean, I sort of see where he is coming from. But if Rashford wants to play up top, he’ll have to drop down to a club outside of the top-six, while probably taking less money in the process.
If he stays at United, he’ll be playing for the club he supported as a boy. Since bursting on the scene, he’s been a regular. Sure, he’s been playing out wide, but his best performances have come while playing on the left.
His pace, power and ability to cut in are his best traits, why limit those at this stage in his career? In future, he may well play through the middle with regularity, but for now, I’m pretty certain he’s happy playing on the wing.