Romelu Lukaku is now coaching Marcus Rashford after Manchester United’s regular training sessions.
20-year-old Rashford has been in the news recently with debate about whether he needs to leave Man United in order to get more playing time.
He broke into the United team in February 2015 and has a huge amount of experience under his belt for such a young forward. However, some have suggested his development has stalled.
The Metro suggest Lukaku has now taking Rashford “under his wing” even though it is Lukaku who’s blocking the English striker from playing up front for United.
Although Lukaku is not one of the senior players of the squad, and has only been at Old Trafford for a couple of seasons, he is well-respected within the dressing room. Jose Mourinho reportedly considers Lukaku as one of his most trusted players, alongside Nemanja Matic, who he had previously managed at Chelsea, and goalkeeper David de Gea.
Mourinho sees Lukaku as a leader. That certainly seems accurate. The Metro suggest that Lukaku has run one-on-one sessions with Rashford after United’s general first team training has finished for the last two weeks. The Belgian has been spending half an hour with Rashford each time.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now at LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer in the USA, was another experienced striker who helped Rashford develop.
Rashford has played with some of football’s best strikers of the last decade already at United and with England. Ibrahimovic and Lukaku are just two of them. Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane are another pair.