Southgate: Rashford Is Not A Striker

Manchester United vs Leicester CitySeptember 14, 2019
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Marcus Rashford is used as a striker by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and over the years, the debate has always been where Rashford’s best position lies.

Former United boss Jose Mourinho didn’t also see Rashford as a striker as he preferred to play him from the flanks.

England boss Gareth Southgate has now revealed that the Manchester United forward isn’t really a number 9 but is better off playing from the left side of attack.

Explaining that he does not see Rashford as a natural No. 9, England boss Southgate said: “For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a No. 9 but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work.

“Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress.

“A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up.

“If he plays as a No 9, he will play it differently to Harry — but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line.

“I don’t think that’s a problem, we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in.”

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