He may have scored an injury time winner at the weekend to keep up Manchester United’s perfect start to the season, but Marcus Rashford needs more time on the pitch, according to Wayne Rooney.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a stunning rise to stardom over the last six months, coming from United’s under 21 team to being part of England’s failed Euro 2016 in France.
But this season, the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has seen the starting central striker position become occupied, meaning Rashford hasn’t had the amount of game time he was enjoying during the second half of last season.
Since Jose Mourinho arrived in Manchester, the teenager hasn’t started a game for the Red Devils, and has missed out on Sam Allardyce’s England squad – instead being included in the under 21 group.
But that’s something that Rooney sees as a good thing for the protege, and has backed him to go on and become one of United’s most important players.
Speaking to United’s official website after the win over Hull, Rooney said:
It’s important that he gets games because he hasn’t played that much.
I think it will be good for him.
He knows that and he understands that and his time will come and he will get his chance for Manchester United and England.
Rashford’s winner against Hull was a timely reminder of the talent that Mourinho has at his disposal this season, and the youngster’s game time should improve when United’s Europa League campaign gets underway in just over two weeks time.
Rooney himself shot to fame early in his career, and is the perfect role model for Rashford, having been in the public eye since the age of 16.
And the United captain has revealed he has some words of advice for the Wythenshawe born striker:
He’s a young lad and it’s important not to get too carried away.
Sometimes it’s hard to do that because he’s such a talented player but, as players and team-mates, we need to try to guide him through it and let him focus on the football.
I’m sure his chance will come. He did brilliantly when he came on and got his goal. He’s an important player for us.
With United set for an almighty battle with Manchester City and Chelsea for the Premier League title, they’ll need Rashford at his best when called upon.
And it looks like he’s getting the right kind of advice, if Rooney’s words are anything to go by.
Then again, he did get caught liking a porn video on Twitter this week, so maybe we can take his comments with a pinch of salt.