Rashford Should Start Over Lukaku- Rio Ferdinand

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Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, feels that Marcus Rashford should be starting over Romelu Lukaku after scoring on the weekend.

Manchester United overcame a first half scare to come back and win 2-1 against Bournemouth

Lukaku had a forgettable game while Rashford was on hand to score in injury time to make it another win for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Ferdinand, speaking to BT sport said that Rashford needs to be nurtured and to play more

“Marcus Rashford is a great talent who needs to be nurtured,”

“Mourinho has given him opportunities, he’s played many, many minutes.

“But I believe he is at an age now where he will be sitting there [and] if he’s not starting, he’ll be disappointed.

“He’s gone from being that player who’s been brought into the squad, who’s happy to come off the bench and make that impact.

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“He’s now at a place where in his own mind he’s thinking ‘I should be starting here’ and when he doesn’t, that’s a deflator.

Ferdinand continued: “I don’t think he’s at the point in his career where he should say he’s a definite No.9 down the middle.

“But I do think in a young player’s development… you’ve seen it with top players with Wayne Rooney on the left wing at times for Man Utd, [Cristiano] Ronaldo on the wing and up front. Players move about at a young age, then find their position.”

He also spoke of Lukaku who hasn’t scored in 9 games

“You look at Lukaku. Lukaku’s goalscoring record is up there, it’s fantastic, he scores goals,” he added. “But in the best teams you need more than that.

“You need to be able to bring other people into play, you need to be able to complement people in your team, things have to be set up off you.

“At the moment, in a Man Utd shirt, some things break down in Lukaku. And that affects other players in the team, like [Paul] Pogba and [Jesse] Lingard, who want to play off people.”


Famutimi Femi is a writer for theheraldng. He is also a lawyer by trade. His hobbies include reading and writing, he also loves Renaissance art.

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