Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Jose Mourinho should pick Marcus Rashford over Zlatan Ibrahimovic when it comes to big games this season.
The 19-year-old was handed a rare chance to feature at No.9 against Chelsea after Ibrahimovic was described as ‘jaded’ by Mourinho and duly impressed with a mesmerising display hallmarked by a superb seventh minute goal.
He once again made the difference against Anderlecht on Thursday night, taking the injured Swede’s place up front for extra time and grabbing a superb winning goal.
And Scholes, speaking on BT Sport, has noted that the Englishman deserved a place in the starting XI ahead of Zlatan when it came to big games.
“After Sunday, it has to be Rashford,” he said.
“There might have been a doubt beforehand but Sunday was a template for United to go on into those big games they’ve got coming up and into next season.
“I still think there’s a place for Zlatan, he has so much quality and he’s had a great season.
“But in big games where you need energy, a Chelsea, a Man City, an Arsenal at home, you need to go quick and have someone who can get in behind players and Rashford can do that.”
It may be that Rashford, by default, assumes a regular place following Zlatan’s painful knee injury on Thursday night. More details will arrive soon, of course, but the initial impressions aren’t good.
But you could even argue that, following the last three games, Ibrahimovic doesn’t merit a place over Rashford in the starting XI at this given time: the latter has been Man United’s brightest attacking spark, this time producing perhaps his biggest goal yet after sending his team through to the Europa League semi-finals with a superb strike in extra time.
Make no mistake: Marcus Rashford, aged 19, has just carried United to within touching distance of the final in Stockholm and deserves a regular place in this side.