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The change Manchester United must make to get the best out of Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford turns 22 next month, this season marking the fourth since his electric breakthrough in February 2016. Since scoring four goals in as many days against Midtjylland and Arsenal, Rashford has made 205 senior appearances for club and country, but the feeling persists that we don’t quite know what his best position is, what type of player he is going to be.
Much of this is no fault of the player. Rashford made his United debut under Louis van Gaal, thrust onto the scene as a striker, was then regularly used out wide under Jose Mourinho in a much more restrained system, before being freed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, reverting back to No.9 and finding his goalscoring touch, only to find his role up for debate again at the start of this season.
That discussion has gained fresh impetus, firstly as a result of Rashford’s limp display as a central striker against Southampton before the international break, and then by his much improved performance on the left of a vibrant front three for England against Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday.
After the latest Euro 2020 qualifying victory England boss Gareth Southgate had his own view on where Rashford is best.
“We’ve for a long time almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a nine. I’m still not certain that that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work,” he said.