THIS IS WHY MARCUS RASHFORD AND NOT LUKAKU SHOULD PLAY AS MANCHESTER UNITED’S NO.9

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has struggled in front of goal this season for Manchester United with Marcus Rashford preferred to the Belgian in the 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer wants Mourinho to stick with Rashford as United’s no.9 because Rashford offers more movement upfront than Lukaku.

“Rashford was played as a centre-forward against Everton, and hopefully that can be the start of him playing there for a run of games,” Shearer told BBC.

“He only managed three touches in the Everton area and, other than his shot, the only other time he had a sniff of scoring was when he followed up when a Martial effort was saved – but the goal was disallowed because he was well offside.

“Even so, I still thought United looked better going forward with Rashford in the side than they have done with Lukaku leading the line in recent weeks.

“Lukaku has looked badly out of sorts for a while now, and he hardly put in a performance that screamed ‘pick me’ when he replaced Rashford in the second half.

“The Belgian missed a big opportunity to put United 3-1 up when he fluffed a header in front of goal, and he has now failed to score in his past nine games.

“When Rashford was on the pitch, United’s movement was much improved, which made them a lot more dangerous.

“Their first thought for most of the game was to get the ball forward and, when they did, they got it into the box or found their mobile front players with passes in behind.

“So although Rashford did not shine individually, from a team point of view he helped to cause Everton plenty of problems.

“He definitely justified his selection – now I just hope he keeps his place.”