Marcus Rashford will be handed enough first-team opportunities in order to go into contention for a place in Sam Allardyce’s England set-up, say the Daily Mail.
The English forward burst onto the scene with a quickfire brace against Midtjylland in the Champions League and in the same week, completed a ‘double double’ against Arsenal in the league.
Initially, the general consensus was Rashford would enjoy a string of impressive performances before dropping into the football wasteland where Federico Macheda resides.. somewhere.
However, the 18-year-old’s only talents do not lie in completing his Chemistry homework on the same day as humiliating Arsene Wenger.
Rashford’s work-rate and intelligence was rewarded by Louis van Gaal, and subsequently was selected in Roy Hodgson’s doomed 23-man squad for the European Championships in France this summer.~
However, he has not enjoyed a single minute of action in this campaign, but Mourinho is reportedly willing to hand Rashford an opportunity to impress.
We can only envisage Rashford starting games on a rotation basis, with Zlatan Ibrhaimovic currently leading the line for the Red Devils.
For now, Rashford will be nowhere near Big Sam’s England teams due to his lack of appearances this season.
‘Rashford is not playing now so it makes it harder for me to select him, as exciting as he was last year and how he burst on the scene,’ Allardyce said.
‘At such a young age, do I say, “Go and play in the Under-21s, get used to international football there, play regularly there and it will help you eventually, hopefully to break into the Manchester United team and then break into the England senior team”? You’ve got all those scenarios to consider.’
Mourinho has not been fond of utilising talented youth products at the various clubs he has managed, and his decision to loan out Andreas Pereira echoes that sentiment.
Should Rashford find himself on the bench a little too often for his liking, there will surely be a long list of suitors fighting amongst themselves to secure a loan move.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.