Marcus Rashford is set to spend the upcoming season on the sidelines, as per the Daily Mail’s latest report.
Marcus Rashford broke on to the scene unexpectedly at the latter stages of the previous season. He made his first team debut thanks to an injury Anthony Martial picked up in the pre-match warm up, against FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League.
Rashford ended up scoring a brace against the Danish club in his first senior game for the Red Devils, and then followed it up with another brace – this time against the mighty Arsenal, on his Premier League debut. The youngster refused to look back from that point on wards, and went on to establish himself as one of the important players of the squad under Louis van Gaal.
However, now that the Dutch manager has been replaced by Jose Mourinho at the Manchester United helm, the role of Marcus Rashford under the Special One is unclear.
When asked about the 18-year-old’s role in the current squad, and whether he will be starting ahead of new star signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose replied: “Let me start with one point. 34 is Zlatan’s age and 18 is Marcus Rashford’s age.
“Thirty-four plus 18 divided by two is the perfect age for a football player (26). So our two strikers, they are exactly in the perfect age, because 18 is not the perfect age and 34 is not. So I think they can be an amazing complement for each other with their qualities.”
But despite Jose’s claim that he will be using both his strikers equally this season, the Daily Mail have reported that Zlatan will indeed be the first-choice Manchester United striker, and Rashford will spend most of the time on the sidelines, and will only be called upon if and when needed.
The report also states that the futures of Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young at the Old Trafford club are largely uncertain, whereas Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are on their way out of Manchester United.