Manchester United: Marcus Rashford is not a centre-forward, says Alan Shearer

Manchester United: Marcus Rashford is not a centre-forward, says Alan Shearer

‘I don’t think he is a natural goalscorer’ – Alan Shearer doubts United man’s scoring talents

Former Premier League footballer Alan Shearer has cast doubt over Marcus Rashford’s ability as a goalscorer, following his stint out wide for England in the recent win over Bulgaria.

Rashford was deployed from the left-hand side as England romped to a comfortable victory, and Shearer believes that the United striker’s future does not necessarily lie in a centre-forward role.

Shearer echoed the views of England boss Gareth Southgate, who suggested that Rashford’s qualities are best utilised out wide.

In his column for The Sun, Shearer hinted that Rashford may not become a conventional striker in the future, with the Newcastle United legend voicing concerns over his goalscoring prowess.

He said: “Gareth Southgate’s assessment that Marcus Rashford is not a No9 is spot on.

“Even this season, when Manchester United’s main striker Romelu Lukaku left, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays Anthony Martial down the middle.

“I get the feeling Marcus feels more confident coming in off the left where he does not have to play a lot with his back to goal.

“There is no denying he is an excellent talent, but I don’t think he is a natural goalscorer. We sometimes forget he is only 21 so time is still on his side.

“But he is very different to Harry Kane, who is determined and ruthless.

“For England, it is not a problem because he will never play there ahead of Harry, and Marcus looked sharp against Bulgaria from the left.”

Rashford may only be 21 years old, but his return of 47 goals in 174 appearances is hardly that of an in-form top-level striker.

That said, the fact he is young and has been deployed in wide areas for his club for around 40% of his matches so far suggests that perhaps his position and role as a footballer is still evolving at this early stage of his career.

Only time will tell what beholds Rashford, but with two experienced heads like Shearer and Southgate of the same opinion, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also thinking likewise, perhaps we should get used to Rashford being described as a winger in the years to come.

United fans – where do you see Rashford’s future? Will we see him forge a career as a winger? Get involved by commenting below!

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