Merson reveals why Solskjaer should bench Rashford against Arsenal on Sunday. Do you agree?

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Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has called on Olé Gunnar Solskjaer to start Marcus Rashford from the bench when Manchester United face his former side on Sunday.

Rashford started the game against Chelsea last weekend, and failed to find the net, despite having a handful of chances.

However, the 23 year old came from the bench to score a hat-trick against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, and Merson believes he’s more effective as a substitute.

Speaking to the Daily Star ahead of the Arsenal clash, Merson said, “When he [Rashford] starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult.

“But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes! If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story.

“He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton.

“He scored in the last minute against Newcastle. He scored with three minutes to go against Paris St-Germain and all his goals against Leipzig were at the end of the game. His goals are coming against tired defenders.

“Maybe United should experiment with that.

“Arsenal is going to be a tight game. If it’s 0-0 after 60 minutes and Rashford comes on just when defenders are getting tired, he could have a field day.

“Don’t get me wrong. Marcus Rashford is too good to spend his whole career as a super-sub. He’s an England international.

“But I think he needs a rest and playing a few games off the bench might actually do him some good in the long run.”