Marcus Rashford has discussed his preferred position and admits it does ‘feel natural’ to be playing off the left of the Manchester United attack.
The England international has been utilised in a variety of forward roles during his career at Old Trafford, though has played largely in a position starting on the left-wing since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.
Rashford had enjoyed the best goalscoring form of his career prior to a back injury sustained against Wolves in January, and has discussed the benefits of beginning in a wide position as opposed to a central striking role.
The 22-year-old says he enjoys the added freedom and creative threat he can pose when operating on the left, admitting he can often feel isolated when deployed as a traditional number nine.
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“When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team,” he told the UTD Podcast.
“Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a number nine.
“When I transitioned to a number nine when I was younger, that’s the bit that I struggled with as I was always someone who wanted to express myself on the ball.
“When I started playing number nine, I realised that you don’t see the ball as often as you do in other positions, but when you do see the ball, it’s an opportunity to score goals.
“That’s what I loved about being a number nine and that’s what I still love about it. But right now I’m enjoying having the freedom to mix between the two – and I think it suits us well at the moment as Anthony [Martial] likes to drift to the left and drop deep as well.
“To be honest, it does feel natural to be playing in the position that I’m playing now – I’m in the middle between the left and centre-forward and it’s definitely positive.”