The Manchester United striker debate: Marcus Rashford? Someone else? Or a mobile attack? | Football News

Marcus Rashford impressed in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, scoring the opening purpose earlier than Adam Lallana’s late equaliser, however is he the best man to guide the road for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect?

His efficiency prompted a heated debate within the Sky Sports studio on Super Sunday as Gary Neville, Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho assessed Rashford’s suitability and gave their views on what sort of striker this Manchester United aspect wants.

Souness: ‘Rashford wants assist’

Despite Rashford’s eye-catching show at Old Trafford, Souness was in little question that Manchester United nonetheless want to herald a confirmed goalscorer to switch Romelu Lukaku, who was bought to Inter Milan throughout the summer season.

“He might be one day, but he’s not the finished article right now,” he mentioned of Rashford. “He’s not scored sufficient objectives within the Premier League for Manchester United to hold their hat on him being the person that is going to take them again to the place they need. He wants assist.

“He has every thing to be a participant, however this 12 months he has been requested to be the principle man. It’s the toughest place to play on the soccer pitch. He’s not able to fill that function proper now. He wants assist. Like the younger boy [Daniel] James will need assistance.

“It’s an excessive amount of for him. it is an excessive amount of for any 21-year-old you’ll be able to identify. You cannot have a 21-year-old as the principle man at a membership of this dimension.

“Strikers are the toughest issues to search out. That’s why they price probably the most cash. If you’ll be able to land somebody that will get you 25 or 30 objectives a season, and he is not precisely what you need, you’re taking him anyway and construct the remainder round him. You’re struggling for objectives, that is the very first thing you want.

“Where Man United are now, they will take anything!”

Jose: Rashford not a No 9

Mourinho is aware of Rashford higher than most having labored intently with him throughout his time accountable for Manchester United. He insisted that the 21-year-old’s expertise just isn’t a difficulty, as a substitute saying that he’s merely far simpler from the vast positions.

“I don’t think he’s a 9 that can play against a low block or that can be a target man,” he mentioned. “I assume he is a man of motion, who can assault house after which assault defenders with the ball at his ft.

“I do not assume he is a pure 9, so it will depend on the mannequin of play. If Ole needs to play the best way he performed at present I assume Rashford is the proper striker for him.

“He is younger, however he is skilled. At 21 years outdated, he in all probability has extra matches within the Premier League, within the World Cup, within the Euros, within the Champions League, within the Europa League, than some gamers at 24, 25.

“So, for me, the purpose just isn’t his age, it is his qualities. For me, he’s doubtlessly a superb participant in some fashions of play, in some positions. But as a goal man, as a No 9, I do not assume he has the 30 objectives that a high striker has.

“For me, he can get higher and higher and higher enjoying the best way he did at present, enjoying from the left aspect, enjoying with a goal man.

“But for him to be the goal man in matches the place Manchester United are dominant, enjoying towards defensive groups, towards low blocks, I assume it is tough for him.”

Neville: United need a Firmino or Son

Neville, nevertheless, insisted Rashford might but turn into a prolific No 9, including that the precedence for Manchester United shouldn’t merely be to herald any striker who can rating objectives – however one who’s the best match for the best way Solskjaer needs to play.

“He’s nonetheless younger,” Neville said of Rashford. “I have a look at [Roberto] Firmino when he first got here to England, I look [Mohamed] Salah when he was first at Chelsea, I have a look at [Sadio] Mane. Sometimes gamers must turn into what they will grow to be.

“I assume United need a striker like Firmino, like [Heung-Min] Son at Tottenham. I assume [Solskjaer] needs that kind of participant.

“I do not assume he needs a typical striker who’s principally going to be a Lukaku or a [Diego] Costa. I do not assume he is on the lookout for that kind. I assume he is on the lookout for a extra mobile kind in a entrance three or a entrance two.

“I assume this membership has all the time had strikers who can play in pairs, who contribute off the ball.

“I’ll make a level about Ruud van Nistelrooy. We gained much less championships with him at centre-forward than once we introduced Louis Saha in to associate Wayne Rooney.

“He was nowhere near as good a finisher as Ruud or as good a striker as Ruud, but the team became better. And that’s my point, I don’t think Ole wants a striker like that; I think he wants a mobile striker.”

Neville used the instance of Jurgen Klopp and Christian Benteke at Liverpool. “He just chucked him out the club because he didn’t suit his style of play,” he mentioned. “Ole’s achieved the identical with Lukaku, and Lukaku is a much better participant than Benteke.

“Ole just isn’t going to signal a striker simply because he scores objectives, as a result of Lukaku would have achieved that.”

Keane: Just go and get Kane!

For Keane, the answer was easy. “Just go and get [Harry] Kane from Tottenham,” he said. “Easy. They are in disarray. Just go and get him.”

As for Rashford, Keane theorised that the 21-year-old doesn’t really need to be Manchester United’s most important man, including that he’s higher suited to a supporting function.

“A lot of gamers do not need to be the principle striker, they do not need to be the principle man. I assume he needs to play in wider positions. His energy is his tempo and he can have an effect on the sport extra coming from vast and clearly on the counter-attack.

“It’s nonetheless a huge drawback, that he would not rating sufficient objectives. If you need to be the principle striker at Man United, I do not assume he has that huge bodily presence. I do not assume he is nice together with his again to purpose.

“But he is a proficient child. He continues to be studying his commerce. But the stress on him in the previous few months, I do not assume he is handled it properly as a result of he would not need to be the principle striker.”


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