'Manchester United Star Developing Quicker Than Cristiano Ronaldo'

Paola Ditto
Settembre 14, 2018

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has developed further as a player than Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane had when they were the same age, according to England manager Gareth Southgate.

Rashford has only started one of Manchester United's four Premier League games this season and it seems that he faces an uphill struggle in trying to get ahead of Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order.

He scored the victor for England against Switzerland on Tuesday night just three days after he scored the opening goal in the UEFA Nations League defeat by Spain.

"Marcus is not Dominic Solanke, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he's Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions", he added. "He's a huge admirer of him, but he's got his job to do", Southgate maintained.

"I don't think there is trust from the manager to the player that he can do it on a regular basis".

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is reportedly determined to stay and fight for his place at the club despite a lack of first-team football so far this season.

"One of the biggest concerns is playing time for English players - that is shown by a number of the squad who came with us in Russian Federation not getting opportunities", Southgate said in a press conference last month. They have to try and win matches.

Rashford made more appearances than any other outfield player at United last season, as Mourinho likes to point out, but they were mostly from the bench. Possibly Everton is the sort of club you are looking at, just below the top six, for someone like Rashford, similar to what Lukaku did.

"We really wanted to make Marcus feel important over this period", said Southgate.

A move to another club could provide more playing time but sticking at United will help him win silverware.

"He would have been a bit disappointed about the amount of time he had at the World Cup but it was important to get him in the penalty box and remembering the areas where he needs to be scoring goals".

'Speaking about Marcus, I think I can expect that Sunday I'm going to be highly criticised for not playing him tomorrow, ' joked Mourinho, knowing Rashford is suspended for the Watford clash.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Southgate said: "It's not my business to interfere with club managers".

'In 2017-18, 35 Premier League matches, eight in Champions League, five in FA Cup, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.

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