Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would do well to give Gareth Southgate a call to figure out how he seems to get the best out of Marcus Rashford.
The youngster has been in fine form for his country registering numerous goals and assists over the past few competitive games.
Rashford’s goal and assist in the 3-2 win over Spain got him rave reviews and rightly so given his influence on the match.
The United academy product was under the microscope after missing two clear-cut chances against Croatia just a few days earlier but he responded in fantastic fashion.
Southgate at the time insisted he was pleased with Marcus’ performance and knew it would only be a matter of time before the goals started flowing again.
The 20 year old repaid his manager’s faith instantly and as much as England fans celebrated his display, the Red Devils’ supporters were a little baffled as to why he can’t do the same for Mourinho.
The simple answer is it all comes down to tactics. Rashford’s role under the Portuguese manager is obviously more restricted and he’s also expected to track back often.
Meanwhile for England, at least in their new system, he starts out wide but is allowed to move inwards and to interchange his position with Harry Kane.
Not only does this cause confusion for opponents as it did with Spain but it also brings out the best from Marcus.
After all, he is a striker in the end of the day but since he’s not busy being tasked with winning aerial duels or holding up the ball up, he’s allowed to solely focus on his best attributes.
Rashford’s blessed with plenty of pace and pair that with his dazzling runs along with his dribbling skills, he’s a far more threatening player in Gareth’s system in comparison to Jose’s.