Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has declared Marcus Rashford has given Jose Mourinho no choice but to award him a place in Manchester United’s starting XI.
The 18-year-old sent Man United fans into ecstasy with an injury time winner against Hull City, drawing universal praise from supporters following a galvanising display from the bench.
Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho made it clear that the wonder-kid will receive plenty of chances this season.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp insisted that, should Rashford continue in the same vein, it would be impossible to leave him out of the starting XI.
“You can’t hold Rashford back for long, Jose,” he wrote.
“He may have been restricted to cameos this season but if Marcus Rashford keeps on delivering supersub displays, Jose Mourinho will have little choice but to start him.
“This kid is a juggernaut and will force his way back into the side sooner rather than later.
“It will be no easy task to dislodge either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Wayne Rooney but Rashford has what it takes to do so — and if I was a United forward I would be really worried if I lost my place.
“I am also surprised to see he has been left out of Sam Allardyce’s first England squad. The 18-year-old is one of the most exciting talents this country has produced and showed in 21 minutes at the Euros that he is more than capable of performing at international level.”
Rashford provided everything the United side failed to deliver against Hull: he was quick, direct, imposing and most of all fearless, throwing himself – time and time again – at a knackered and bewildered defence until the breakthrough was made.
It was simply breathtaking, bordering on startling; this 18-year-old, unknown until late February of this year, encapsulates everything United fans – and indeed football followers as a whole – love to see in an attacking player. The sheer verve and power he has at such a young age is intoxicating, and it certainly merits a place in Mourinho’s starting XI.