Marcus Rashford discusses rivalry with Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane for places up front

by Leo Nieboer

Marcus Rashford has opened up about his rivalry with Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane for places up front for club and country respectively.

The 19-year-old has featured primarily out wide for club and country so far this season, claiming a total of six goals and five assists in nine starts.

But he has only been deployed up front on one occasion – against Burton Albion in the League Cup, where he netted a first half brace.

When asked how he will unseat Lukaku and Kane this season, however, Rashford was quick to bat away the question.

“That’s not in my hands,” he said. “If I’m not playing there, I’m not playing there.

“But wherever I’m playing, I try to get the same results. Obviously you have to do it in a different way but it’s not my decision.”

You cannot grow frustrated by your rival if you don’t consider him to be a rival. That, I think, is the attitude Rashford has towards his senior strike partners.

Don’t get me wrong: Rashford is a fighter. But his motivation isn’t rooted in a determination to be better than anyone, but rather to focus on his game and keep improving. This is where humility becomes so important. While others may agonise over how to breach the first team, the youngster quietly goes about his business, and nobody can deny that it’s worked a treat.

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