Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Marcus Rashford to quit Manchester United for the good of his career as he needs more regular first-team football.
Rashford burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old under former Manchester United Louis van Gaal, seemingly scoring goals for fun as he was offered an opportunity to play as the clubs main striker during an injury crisis.
However, since the arrival of Jose Mourinho at the club, who signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku during his first two summers at the club, Rashford has played most of his football out on the wing.
Since then, Mourinho has signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, limiting Rashford’s opportunities even further, with the England striker seemingly only getting opportunities as a number 9 in Lukaku’s absence.
Now, Ian Wright has said Rashford needs to leave his boyhood club for the good of his career:
“I think that Rashford, especially when he burst onto the scene, we saw flashes of a striker that can go into the space and he can link up, and he can finish,” Wright said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Now, what’s happened to him since he’s been at United on the left or the right, wherever they play him, he’s played everywhere apart from up front learning his trade.
“He’s got pace, he’s got skill, he’s got finishing ability. He’s been playing in roles that have taken the edge of those sides of his game.
“Rashford’s got massive, massive, decisions to make in the next year, 18 months for me.
“He’s either got to leave Manchester United and play, and play in a position where he’s going to start to be that player we all thought he was going to be when he burst onto the scene, scoring goals left, right and centre every competition he has played in or he’s going to have to stay there, whether it’s Mourinho or whoever it is, and maybe playing on the left, maybe playing on the right, maybe playing up front.”