Manchester United academy coach Paul McGuinness claims Marcus Rashford is ready to step up

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United academy coach Paul McGuinness has urged Marcus Rashford to develop a “goal addiction” if he is to be a success at the club.

Rashford scored his first goal for Man United U21s this week as they beat Leicester City 6-1.

Louis van Gaal has described the 18-year-old as a “fantastic talent” and has named him on the first-team’s substitute’s bench for recent games against Watford and Leicester. McGuinness believes Rashford’s hard work on the training pitch is starting to pay off.

“Marcus has done very well and we’re getting him to be more focused on the goals now,” McGuinness said.

“He’s improved a lot and is ready for a step up as well. I think he can play in all the teams now – the U21s, U19s and U18s and so on. But we’ve done a lot of work with him. Particularly, Colin Little, who assists me, has done a lot of work with him.

“He’s working hard on those things and getting rewards. He’s starting to understand that part of his game and needs to now get a real goal addiction.

“He needs to score every type of goal. He can score unbelievable goals, dribbling past three defenders, but he needs to be more like Ruud van Nistelrooy where it goes in off his knee, or comes back off the bar or the keeper and he puts in the rebound. Real goalscorer’s goals. But Marcus is working hard at it.”

Along with Rashford, the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Andreas Pereira have made the step up to first-team affairs this term.

There are a lot of problems at United right now but it is encouraging to see young players given an opportunity at the club. Rashford will be hoping to keep his place in the squad for the game against Norwich City this weekend.

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