Peter Schmeichel: Manchester United must rest Rashford

by Tanveer Arayan

Peter Schmeichel believes that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal must consider resting Marcus Rashford.

18-year-old Rashford has enjoyed a promising start to his Man United career, scoring five goals in nine appearances since his debut for the club last month.

Rashford has established himself as a regular fixture in United’s starting XI in the absence of the injured Wayne Rooney but Schmeichel, who won a number of trophies at Old Trafford during his playing days, insisted that too many games in succession could “ruin” the youngster’s long-term future.

“I like the boy Rashford, he is an incredible talent and I am seriously looking forward to the future, but he is a young lad and he needs to be eased into the game,” Schmeichel said.

“He is doing well at the moment, but playing every game can ruin him. It doesn’t have to be much wrong to set him back a long, long time.”

A number of youngsters have burst onto the scene in the Premier League in recent years only to fizzle out and Schmeichel has a point in that respect.

However, United have a wealth of world-class medical professionals at their disposal and they will know exactly when the workload is getting too much for Rashford. He has been excellent recently and he will be eager to keep his place in the team.

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