Date published: Monday 10th September 2018 1:43
Alan Shearer says Marcus Rashford will have to leave Manchester United if he wants to fulfill his potential.
The former England captain, who scored 30 goals for England in 63 caps, believes Rashford can become a “great goalscorer” at the top level, but he feels he may have to move away from Old Trafford to do so.
Rashford scored England’s goal in the 2-1 defeat to Spain on Saturday, but he could have had a hat-trick after missing several second-half chances.
And that could well be down to rustiness with Rashford not featuring as much as he would like under Jose Mourinho.
Romelu Lukaku is Mourinho’s main man and Shearer believes the talented 20-year-old needs to go somewhere he can play as a No. 9 or as a striker in two-up formation.
Shearer told The Sun: “As long as Romelu Lukaku stays fit he is not going to get a starting spot as the lone striker at Old Trafford.
“As long as Jose Mourinho is the manager, there is not going to be two up top.
“Even if Lukaku did not play, my money would be on Alexis Sanchez being moved into the middle and further forward.
“And would Mourinho really turn to Rashford if he needed another striker? Or would he go to the transfer market for a tried and trusted ready-made goalscorer?
“Rashford has been played so long in a wide position in a three, that it does take time to readjust to his natural position.
“Time is not a great commodity in football nowadays. I am not advocating Rashford moves away from Old Trafford. It is a great club to be at.
“But if he wants to achieve an ambition to be recognised as a great goalscorer it is just not going to happen there.
“He would need to move with the assurance that his next club will make him the main man, the striker, the one up top or one of two. Then I truly believe he would develop into a goalscorer.”
Last week Ian Wright suggested a similar scenario and said: “He’s either got to leave Manchester United and play, and play in a position where he’s going to start.”
Rashford, who is under contract until 2020, started the opening game of the season against Leicester as a central striker, but he has been limited to two sub appearances – the second of which he saw himself sent off against Burnley last Sunday.