Jose Mourinho plans to give Marcus Rashford opportunities

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho plans to give Marcus Rashford enough first-team opportunities for Manchester United this season to remain in contention for the national side, according to reports.

The 18-year-old, labelled as ‘England’s future’ by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, made 11 appearances for Man United after bursting onto the scene in February with braces in his first two games, leading to a surprise call-up for the England side ahead of Euro 2016.

Rashford has been included in all three of Mourinho’s match-day squads so far this season, but hasn’t made an appearance since United’s 2-1 Community Shield win over Leicester City.

However, the 53-year-old is determined to give the youngster sufficient chances at Old Trafford this season in order to cement his status in the England side, even though he was named in England’s U21s side.

For both club and country, Rashford was a breath of fresh air. He was bold, fearless and powerful, offering a simple yet devastating cocktail of raw verve going forward. In a United side stripped of aggression and running power last season, his influence was salutary.

And with England, a side also bereft of tenacity and aggression, the 18-year-old’s impact there to see again, perhaps most notably against Iceland. Trailing 2-1, with a nationwide array of derision lingering around the corner, Rashford was thrown on: he was on the pitch for less than 10 minutes, but made more impact than the entire England side put together. Whilst the England camp cowered in fear over what the aftermath would bring, the teenager took control of the game, sprinting at Iceland with reckless abandon.

Sam Allardyce, appointed as Hodgson’s successor last month, will be determined to oversee big changes, and would have certainly taken note of the talented youngster.

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