Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Marcus Rashford ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo Harry Kane at same age - Southgate

Marcus Rashford ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo Harry Kane at same age - Southgate

Rashford's development has also slowed considerably under Jose Mourinho after his dazzling breakthrough during Louis van Gaal's final season at United, though he delivered a reminder of his quality by scoring England's winning goal in a 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

Rashford made his United debut in February 2016 in the Europa League and scored twice.

"He is Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions".

But the youngster is struggling to hold down a regular starting place for his club side, with boss Jose Mourinho preferring Belgium worldwide Romelu Lukaku as his main striker. He had left [Riyad] Mahrez out of the team, so he needed to get him on because he [Mahrez] is still adapting to the way of playing.

The England manager hopes that the intensification of the domestic season, with some clubs competing on three fronts as Europe fully kicks in next week, will mean that they get opportunities.

Like with so many others in the England squad, though, that confidence can only be maintained if Rashford plays for his club, no matter what he has achieved so far and the impressive comparisons he has drawn.

"He is a special talent", Southgate said. They have to try to win matches.

"The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them". They have a hard job to do and they have big squads at the top six, with huge competition for places.

"I think he's started one game, vs Leicester, for Manchester United at the start of the season and then he's just come off the bench", Sutton told Love Sport Radio.

"Some of the step-overs and things Cristiano Ronaldo was doing at that age [were remarkable], but Ronaldo wasn't converting them into the same number of goals". They are going to have the League Cup and European football, so there's more opportunity that the squads will get rotated.

"So Manchester United supporters - for you and just for you - to know what we are doing with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that's what we are doing here".

Both of his goals were clinical strikes from inside the penalty area, where England coach Gareth Southgate has said he wants to see Rashford rather than stuck out wide.

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