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Marcus Rashford must start more games for Manchester United

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 22 Sep 2016

Will Marcus Rashford start Saturday's game against Leicester on the Manchester United bench?

Will Marcus Rashford start Saturday’s game against Leicester on the Manchester United bench?

Since Marcus Rashford broke into the Manchester United side last season he has consistently produced good performances and goals, despite being just 18-years-old.

The youngster was at it again on Wednesday night as he scored and produced an assist in Manchester United’s 3-1 third round EFL Cup win at Northampton.

It was typical of the impact the youngster has had during his short time with the first team.

Rashford has a very good temperament

You heard of youngsters who sign professional contracts with a football club and suddenly believe they have made it in the game. They do not have to try anymore because they have made it and life is easy for them, see the alleged activity of a certain Aston Villa youngster this morning as a perfect example.

However, Rashford despite not turning 19 until the end of next month seems to be a very mature young guy. His head seems to be screwed on and if anything comes easily to him it’s because he has worked hard for it, not because he is no longer trying.

The young forward has taken the promotion from the United youth ranks into the senior side in his stride and seems to be genuinely enjoying his football.

Needs to be given the opportunity to develop

United boss Jose Mourinho has praised the youngster in the past and stated that he believes he will have a brilliant future in the game. However, much of the youngster’s football this season has come from the United bench.

He is still young, but he also has immense promise, but can only develop that his skills if he is playing regularly or United and learning from his mistakes. This is not me over-hyping the striker, as I have been critical about the media over-hyping young British players in the past.

However, it does not matter how old he is or how good he is going to be in the future, the lad deserves to start now because he is looking like the Red Devils most effective attacking player at the moment.

While England and United captain Wayne Rooney struggles for form and lumbers about for the Red Devils, they have a vibrant young striker who seems to be brimming with confidence and capable of performing at the top level.

The young striker has now made 28 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions and has scored 12 goals, which is not bad considering a number of those appearances have come from the substitute’s bench.

Surely Rashford has to start against Leicester

Rashford is a guy that can always pop up with a goal and is the sort player United needs at the moment, as they struggle to find form under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils host Premier League champions Leicester at Old Trafford, in a game, that they are favourites to win at odds of 4/6, despite the Red Devils recent form run of results in the Premier League.

United boss Jose Mourinho is not one for using youngsters on a consistent basis, but the Portuguese boss is clearly a fan and surely Rashford should start against the Foxes.

However, judging by the way that Mourinho has managed the youngster he may well still find himself sitting on the bench on Saturday until the Red Devils are struggling and they need a saviour, and then he will probably be thrown on and be expected to save the day.

Is Wayne Rooney really that untouchable that Mourinho cannot see that the England captain has been poor in recent games and that Rashford would maybe represent more of a threat to the Foxes defence?

Give the youngster a chance and if he does not impress then mark it down as a learning experience, which the youngster can use in the future.

Not a lot of British youngsters have broken into the first team of big Premier League clubs in recent years and stayed there. Rashford still has a lot to prove and improving to do. However, he seems to have the talent and temperament to make it at Old Trafford and be a very good player in the future.

Should Marcus Rashford start more games for Manchester United?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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