Manchester United: Patience required over Marcus Rashford, says Darren Gough

Manchester United: Patience required over Marcus Rashford, says Darren Gough

‘We’ve got to give him time’ – TalkSPORT pundit calls for patience on Manchester United striker

TalkSPORT pundit Darren Gough feels patience is required before Manchester United see the best of Marcus Rashford.

Rashford has been a fixture of the United squad for the last three-and-a-half seasons after breaking through to the first team in 2016, bursting onto the scene with two goals on his debut.

Starting a fifth campaign with United, Rashford is now one of few attacking options at Old Trafford, and has been tasked with operating wide areas for both his club and his country so far this season.

United have struggled in the early weeks of 2019/20, with just one win in their opening four league games – and Rashford netting just twice so far.

And while Rashford and United are yet to hit top gear, Gough feels that there need be no concern surrounding the 21-year-old’s progress.

He said on TalkSPORT: “I think we’ve got to give him time. I think he will score goals, but I think he will blow hot and cold because he is so young.

“Just think back to Sterling. A few years ago, we were saying ‘he doesn’t score enough goals’ – well, look at him now.

“He’s playing in a team that play to his strengths, and he’s a goal threat every single game.”

With Rashford three years Sterling’s junior, time certainly seems to be on his side to bring about a positive effect on his career – if the Manchester City winger’s progress is anything to go by.

Sterling headed into football as a 21-year-old having completed an arguably unremarkable first season with City following his switch from Liverpool, scoring 11 times in his debut campaign.

In contrast, Sterling has had back-to-back seasons with 20-plus goal returns, and already has six to his name this year in City colours.

Rashford has recorded 13 goals in each of the last two seasons – though the latter total was during a lacklustre campaign in which United finished sixth.

So perhaps with the surroundings Sterling enjoys at champions City, Rashford would excel on a similar level – and maybe, the answer to finding a lethal goalscoring touch would be identifying a team that plays to Rashford’s strengths – which Gough says has worked for Sterling in recent seasons.

United fans – can Rashford become the club’s main striker? Will he be able to fulfil his potential at Old Trafford? Join the discussion by commenting below!

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