Man Utd news: The one reason Raheem Sterling has improved quicker than Marcus Rashford | Football | Sport
Raheem Sterling improved at a faster rate than Marcus Rashford over the last couple of years because he has had coaching from one of the best managers in the world, claims talkSPORT presenter and commentator Sam Matterface.
Sterling enjoyed his best goalscoring season last term, netting 25 goals in all competitions after scoring 23 the previous campaign.
He has also been in fine form for his country, scoring seven times in his last seven appearances heading into the Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo on Tuesday.
However, Rashford, who is three years younger than Sterling, is yet to score more than 13 in a single campaign for his club Manchester United.
Matterface says Rashford had much more pressure on his shoulders playing for United than Sterling has had at Manchester City.
And he reckons benefiting from Pep Guardiola’s coaching has seen Sterling’s output rocket compared to his England team-mate.
“I do know that Marcus Rashford has had the weight of the expectation to be the Manchester United No 9,” Matterface said.
“So much responsibility on his shoulders over the course of the last couple of years, ever since he first burst onto the scene really, because they were desperate to have someone who scored goals week in, week out.
“Obviously when you’re going through a difficult period as a club and you’ve got a homegrown talent that comes through the ranks and who’s got an absolute surplus of talent and magic in his boots, you want to get the most of that and you want him to be the star player.
“He’s had to deal with that whereas Raheem Sterling had to endure a difficult transition from Liverpool to Manchester City, but he’s got coaching, he’s got top-level coaching from one of the best managers in the game, if not the best manager in the game.
“He’s had one-to-one coaching with Mikel Arteta, he has worked after matches week in, week out, after training sessions on his finishing, honing his finishing, and you’ve seen the exponential growth in the numbers of goals that he has scored over the course of the last couple of seasons, he’s got the rewards for that.”