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Marcus Rashford: Soon to be outcast or Mourinho’s main man?

The lad just cannot stop scoring, can he? Records falling left, right and centre and history being made along the way. Marcus Rashford has the world at his feet right now following his debut goal for England and an exceptional start to life in the senior side for Manchester United. So why is it there are doubts cast over the young man’s future? There are genuine worries that Rashford will find game time hard to come by under Jose Mourinho, but are these worries in any way justified? And where are they coming from?

Much is made of Jose Mourinho’s unwillingness to try the youth out in the first team, people believe he simply will not do it. There is also the fact that signings need to be made if United are to challenge on all fronts once more. So where does this leave Rashford? Well, news has surfaced today in the Sun that he is on the verge of signing a new £20,000 a week contract, and the Daily Mail reporting it at £25,000. If ever there was a signal of intentions then it is this. It seems, on the surface, that any apprehension is unnecessary.

Of course, with new signings on the way in playing time will be depleted somewhat, but this isn’t a bad thing at all. If anything this is another chapter in his story, something else to learn from. Not that you can tell, he really has coasted through the end of this season without fear of being dropped, who would replace him if he were to be? Now there is real pressure on him to perform and score. If he goes 2 weeks without hitting the heights he is capable of then there is a good chance Rashford will find himself benched. Then comes the recovery from being dropped. Proving himself yet again to his manager and showing he isn’t just flash in the pan. Then comes the fitness element. As young as Marcus Rashford is (and this should enable him to be able to run for days and not get tired of that fact alone) he hasn’t learned how to manage his stamina yet. At times, he looked tired, and that is not a bad thing at all, but having someone to come on and replace him can only benefit all parties concerned.

Frankly there is nothing to worry about regarding his opportunities next season. Of course, there are always going to be concerns when someone like Rashford breaks into the first team, especially in today’s game where money is everything and superstars take the limelight as a rule of thumb. It’s a rare occurrence for someone like him to come through and have the impact he has, but Jose Mourinho knows this and knows when he has a talent on his hands. In spite of whomever he may sign Rashford will still get plenty of opportunities to play, and should he not do it will come to him, and he will learn from this experience. But with new contracts being spoken about, and a chance to impress in France I think it may well be he is the main man yet again.

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