Jamie Carragher has defended his comments about Marcus Rashford and warned him not to be the next Danny Welbeck.
Carragher has been one of the so-called experts who has suggested that Rashford should move away from Manchester United in search of regular first-team football, prompting Jose Mourinho to go on an epic fact based rant last week about the England internationals game time.
However, Carragher has defended his position, acknowledging that while Rashford has made plenty of appearances, very few have come in this preferred role as a striker:
“I agree with Jose Mourinho in terms of his appearance stats. They are very good,” Carragher on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“What I don’t like is that Jose or other people felt I was just throwing away a lazy comment.
“The reason I said what I said is because I am talking about Rashford in terms of a centre-forward.
“For all the stats Jose gave, they are spot on. But the one he didn’t say was that since Jose has arrived, Rashford has started at centre-forward only 12 times in the Premier League.
“Rashford has said he wants to be a striker. Now he may have changed – he may be happy playing on the left or the right, or staying at Manchester United.
“But my whole point was that it’s the most difficult position to come through at a top-six club.”
“I’m not saying that Jose is wrong and should play Rashford over Lukaku. He shouldn’t. Lukaku is better than him.
“But if that lad wants to play centre-forward, how does he do that? If Rashford doesn’t want to play centre-forward then stay, but if he does then I feel he may have to move away.
“I like Danny Welbeck as a player, and I hope this doesn’t come across disrespectfully – Marcus Rashford does not want to become the next Danny Welbeck.
“He came through at United as a centre-forward, then he was used on the left and right and was delighted to get minutes.
“But then he ends up as a squad player and can never nail down a position.
“He moves to Arsenal and the exact same thing happens – where does he play? He is still a squad player and does the same for England. That’s not what you want.”
Rashford is currently suspended after being sent off against Burnley for a headbutt on Phil Bardsley.