Hughes writes that Rashford feels he hasn’t built upon his brilliant debut season at Man United and wants to be played more often, especially in a central role which he has rarely had due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic being preferred by Mourinho.
Personally, I think this sounds like pure guff from Hughes. Rashford has featured in eight games in 2017, completing the full 90 minutes in four of those and starting in another one. By contrast, Martial has played in only five games – starting in four and has completed 90 minutes on only two occasions. We haven’t heard a peep from Martial in the press yet Hughes suggests Manchester born and bred Rashford is kicking off a stink? I doubt it but that’s a purely objective point of view.
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I can genuinely see Rashford being at United for a decade. Ibrahimovic is only going to be here for another season and I’d love for Rashford to become our focal point in attack when he leaves. Why would he be frustrated when he’s had over 1000 minutes of football under Mourinho already this season – that’s more than Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young. Hardly sounds like somebody who has any right to be frustrated.
One thing I would understand Rashford’s frustrations about is his position. Mourinho is using him mainly as a winger when he’s so much better through the middle but there have been occasions such as Arsenal at home where Rashford was used in a central role.
Rashford is only 19, still learning his trade and Mourinho is using him plenty – I doubt very much that he’s considering his United future. If anything, he’ll feel he has to knuckle down more and work harder.