Dennis Wise has said that Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford should consider leaving the club in order to secure regular first team football.
Rashford has fallen somewhat down the pecking order at Old Trafford given the wealth of forwards Jose Mourinho has to call upon, with the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez only further pushing out the 20-year-old.
Although his current absence from the team can be put down to injury, with a World Cup year on the horizon and plenty of forwards fighting for a spot on the plane to Russia – Wise has conceded that unfortunately for Rashford, should his current situation continue, his future may lie away from his boyhood club.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily, the former Chelsea captain questioned whether or not Rashford will be able to challenge Romelu Lukaku for a starting position and feels that playing the England international in a wide position means Manchester United are not getting the best out of him.
The growing sense of frustration within the youngster also means there is an added pressure to perform every time he takes to the field, and should he not seize his opportunities when they are granted, Wise reckons problems may loom large for one of England’s brightest talents:
“At some stage if he doesn’t get regular football leaving will be something of a consideration for him further down the line.
“There are some quality players that they have brought in. There is Lukaku that he has got to try and get himself in front of – I am not sure he will.
“At times he has mostly played wide and that is not really his main position, but I think he will accept that position because he wants to play.
“When he gets his opportunities, he has got to take it, otherwise he won’t get many opportunities and he might sit for a while on the bench and not play.”
Rashford could return to the side for United’s clash with Chelsea at the weekend, with injury ruling him out of Wednesday night’s Champions League meeting against Sevilla.
While Rashford remains at Old Trafford for the time being, should he leave the club on any basis in the near future it will be likely to cause uproar among Manchester United fans.
The likelihood is that the blame will be directed towards Jose Mourinho if anything comes of the current situation.
Rashford is a fan favourite at Old Trafford but will need to become more of a manager’s favourite in order to be certain of his future.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena