Jose Mourinho considers Marcus Rashford as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s successor at Man United

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho plans to continue moulding Marcus Rashford into a centre-forward and considers him as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s natural successor at Manchester United, reports Duncan Castles.

Rashford, 19, is a player already close to the hearts of Man United fans having made 50 appearances for the club after bursting through from our academy system and he’s got a huge future at Old Trafford.

Stories emerged this week suggesting Rashford was growing frustrated at life under Jose Mourinho due to a lack of game time up front. Most fans scoffed at the idea of Rashford being upset at how his second season is going and the fact he made his 50th appearance in the 3-0 win over St. Etienne punched that point home a bit more.

When it comes to Castles, he’s long been known as the mouthpiece of Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes so when he says something like this it’s not been pulled out of thin. It also makes logical sense; keep Ibrahimovic for one more season, allow Rashford to continue his growth curve without the added pressure of being United’s focal point up front and then push him into the limelight aged 21. It’s perfect on paper.

I’m so excited to see Rashford over the next few years at United because as much as the press wants to write about it, I can’t see him going anywhere. Manchester born and blooded through our academy, Rashford really is a red; his loyalty goes past a paycheque and that’s the main reason I found the stories in the press about him being unhappy even more ridiculous.

Any second season for a teenager after that incredible debut campaign was going to be difficult but Rashford is learning under Mourinho and Ibrahimovic. He’s becoming a better professional with each game and Mourinho has reduced the pressure by bringing in Ibrahimovic. Without him, we’d be looking towards Rashford to score every week and that’s unfair pressure for somebody so young.

The future is bright for Rashford and I think it’s almost definitely red. I can’t wait to see him playing as our centre-forward in the 2018/19 season every week and banging in 30 goals a season.

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