Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer believes that Jose Mourinho will stunt Marcus Rashford‘s development at Manchester United if he signs more strikers over the summer.
The 19-year-old, in spite of making 38 appearances under Mourinho this season, has only started as a No.9 on seven occasions this season.
It has been reported that Mourinho, yet to know whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic will remain at Old Trafford for another season, has set his sights on the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe ahead of the summer transfer window.
And Shearer, speaking to the BBC, has voiced his concerns over where another spending spree over the summer would leave Rashford next season.
“It won’t get any easier for him either because boss Jose Mourinho will buy more big hitters this summer.
“It seems if Rashford wants to succeed at United he will have to do it from a wide-left role, yet England are crying out for him to be playing as a striker.”
There appears to be a growing antipathy towards the idea of Rashford featuring as a winger. But why?
Shearer notes that Gareth Southgate has placed emphasis on using Rashford as a striker, but his performance against Lithuania on Sunday – which saw the youngster, despite featuring for just 30 minutes, complete more dribbles (7) and create more chances (7) than anybody else – suggests that deploying him at No.9 would actually minimise the explosive impact he can have on the side’s overall build-up play.
Either way, it is worth pointing out that, even if Mourinho does secure a big name up-front over the summer, Rashford would continue to receive chances to impress at No.9 in games that call for his raw energy and ability to stretch the pitch next season.