The 19-year-old, who made his groundbreaking debut almost exactly a year ago, has made 21 appearances this season, managing ten starts and hasn’t been able to continue the mesmerising start he made to life as a Man United striker.
Zlatan, on the other hand, has occupied the No.9 on an almost permanent basis this season, netting 23 goals in 35 appearances under Mourinho.
“It will be a great education playing with someone like that. I don’t see Martial as a centre forward anyway.
“He doesn’t have the cleverness to be a centre forward for United but as a left winger he could be one of the best in the world. Ibrahimovic isn’t stopping him developing.
“Maybe more so with Marcus, but he’s 19 and better coming into games at the moment on the left or right-hand side.
“He should be watching Ibrahimovic every day in training. I’m sure he’s capable of taking over that role one day.”
You sense that Mourinho, a serial pragmatist, has a clear plan when it comes to Zlatan and Rashford.
This season would comprise mainly of Zlatan acting as a mentor figure, starting on a regular basis, whilst the youngster features more sporadically, learning from the Swede every day, steadily progressing even further; next season, however, could see Rashford start to creep further into the first team, enjoying a greater share of workload as Zlatan enters the testimonial phase of his career.
And then, with Zlatan gone, the No.9 role would belong to Rashford, blessed with two years of learning from one of the greatest goalscorer to ever play the game.