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Shearer: Rashford needs to play regularly as a central striker

For the second time this season already, Alan Shearer is insisting that Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is afforded more opportunities to play as a central striker.

With Anthony Martial starting to make the left-wing position his own, and Romelu Lukaku the undoubted main striker at Manchester United, Marcus Rashford has had to settle for a starting berth on the right of midfield so far this season.

Rashford was however afforded a chance to play through the middle at the weekend during United’s 2-1 win over Everton, although he was unable to really affect the game, fluffing his one big chance during the second half.

Now, Premier League legend and all-time leading record goalscorer Alan Shearer has once again insisted that in order to fully develop, Rashford need’s to play ‘regularly’ through the middle.

”Rashford turns 21 on Wednesday, and he is still learning,” Shearer writes for the BBC.

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”I definitely see him as a central striker, eventually, but at the moment he does not have a voice to go and complain that this is where he should be playing.

”He is at one of the biggest clubs in the world, under a manager who has paid £75m for a centre-forward, and who does not play with two up front.

”Put all of that together and he is in a difficult situation as he tries to establish himself.

”Mourinho said last week that, at Old Trafford, Rashford is in the right place to develop – but for him to progress as a centre-forward, and become the player he can be, he needs to play in that position regularly.”

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