Marcus Rashford has been making the headlines as of recent, first with his red card against Burnley, and then for being the sole goal-scorer for England in their international fixtures against Spain and Switzerland, the latter resulting in victory.
This has led many to question Jose Mourinho’s choice of deploying the 20-year-old wide up-front, with the striker role increasingly looking like the spot for the Mancunian academy graduate.
Even when deployed in the spot otherwise occupied by Romelu Lukaku, Mourinho has openly stated that the youngster hasn’t been world-class.
Now, Liverpool and England legend Jamie Carragher has expressed a radical solution for Rashford’s selection woes.
The former centre-back said (via Sky Sports): “The problem he’s got, and it’s the same for every young striker at big clubs, nothing’s harder than that position. Romelu Lukaku is in front of Rashford and I don’t see Rashford displacing him as long as he is there.”
Further, his solution would likely arrive by taking the same route as Lukaku, as Carragher adds: “But remember when Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away and go to Everton.
“Then he ended up as top scorer and got his move to Manchester United. 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.”
You can read anything into stats but I wasn't aware Marcus Rashford has had more game time than Jesse Lingard since August 2016. And – given they play fewer games – would he really play more often at Everton than Man Utd? https://t.co/oFoYqxJ6GA via @BBCSport
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) September 13, 2018
This is certainly a viable option for the starlet, if not for the fact that Mourinho loves deploying him wide, and the no.10 jersey he’s been recently assigned echoing the romance of Old Trafford’s roots.
However, this could also play well into Rashford’s England dreams, as the top pundit concludes: “I felt at the World Cup, Sterling was virtually playing as a centre-forward. My feeling at the time was you might as well play a centre-forward there.
“We have seen that Rashford is going to score more goals and is going to be a bigger goal threat – and this team doesn’t score a lot of goals.”