Marcus Rashford has been working hard at Carrington in order to improve his profligacy in front of goal at Manchester United.
The 19-year-old, in spite of making 44 appearances in all competitions so far this season, has only received eight chances to feature as a No.9 from the start, featuring primarily as a winger under Jose Mourinho.
Rashford – alongside Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial – attracted criticism from Mourinho following Man United’s 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion last Saturday for failing to produce a consistent attacking threat against Tony Pulis’ side.
But according to Club Call, sources from Carrington have noted that the teenager regularly stays behind after training in order to sharpen his potency in front of goal.
Any striker, young or old, will tell you that developing an eye for goal takes time and, more importantly, episodes of failure. No player – even those with a seemingly unteachable talent for finding the net – can develop if they aren’t handed a consistent stream of opportunities up front.
And Rashford simply hasn’t received such an opportunity this season. His appearances at the masthead of United’s attack have been sporadic and occasionally limited to, say, 30 minute cameos. And Mourinho, heading into the 2017/18, will know that the youngster deserves more chances to demonstrate his worth and develop as a forward over the next year.