Marcus Rashford has responded to Michael Owen’s claims that he is not a natural finisher.
After a week of revelations about Michael Owen’s career, the former Liverpool striker has had something to say about the current state of the game, giving his take on Manchester United‘s Marcus Rashford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be frustrated at his strikers Rashford and Martial for not scoring enough close-range strikes, with Owen questioning whether the England international has the same ‘killer instinct’ that he had in his playing days.
“I don’t think scoring goals is what he goes to bed craving,” said Owen.
“I think it is overall performance, chipping in with goals, assists, everything. ‘He is a better all-round player than me. He has a great touch and all-round skill that I never had, but he hasn’t got the killer instinct that I had. I was just obsessed.”
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria, Rashford was questioned about the former Newcastle striker’s comments.
“He [Owen] can only go on what he sees,” Rashford said. “Whereas the people around me [know]. Especially when I was younger, the reason why you started playing is because you see things that you like and for me, it was goals and watching exciting people doing exciting things with the ball.
“So, the important thing is what I know. I know what I want, what I want to become and what I will become if I keep my mind on it.”
The 21-year-old name England colleague Harry Kane as ‘one of the best finishers’, saying he is looking to emulate the Spurs man.
“If you watch training, then you’d see how it all works,” Rashford added. “I could use Harry Kane as an example. He’s one of the best finishers that I’ve played with and whenever we do finishing, in my head, it’s about being as close to him as possible.
“So if he scores six, you want to score six, if he scores seven, you want to score eight. Little things like that are the bits that people never see. Even though we’re fighting for the same position, or to be in the same team, we really do drive each other on and it’s very important that you have that sort of atmosphere within a team.”
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