Ex-Man United striker gives frank assessment on Rashford’s future at Old Trafford

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Former Man United forward Dion Dublin insists that Marcus Rashford must start playing regularly in order to achieve his true potential.

Rashford has started just one of United’s opening four matches in the Premier League this season, featuring in a further two as a substitute. It seems as though Jose Mourinho is happy to keep using the Englishman sparingly, just as he did last term when he restricted him to just 17 starts in total.

32 goals in 116 appearances for the Red Devils so far suggests that the 20-year-old has the talent to emerge as the club’s main striker eventually, however, it seems unlikely that he will overtake Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order at the club anytime soon. Mourinho has often deployed the striker in wide areas, which has stifled his overall impact on the pitch, despite still managing to produce fleeting moments of magic on occasion.

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One man who believes that Rashford might be forced to look elsewhere in search of regular football is ex-Red Devil Dion Dublin, who played up front for the club between 1992 and 1994.

He told the Manchester Evening News on Friday: “Turning your back on Man United, I was only there for two-and-a-half years, but even for me, as a fourth-choice centre-forward for United back then it was difficult to turn your back on Man United.

“For Rashford, who is a lot more naturally talented than I was, has got a better chance of getting in that first team than I ever did.

“So, it’s down to Marcus, What does he want to do? What does he want to achieve?

“It’s down to him as an individual, but if he wants to play for his country, every game, we need to see more of him.”

The England international will miss the next three fixtures in United’s schedule after being harshly sent-off against Burnley at Turf Moor, starting with Saturday’s clash against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Supporters will hope that when he finally returns to the squad he can re-discover his best form in the famous red shirt and start to force his way into Mourinho’s starting XI, especially given the fact that United have lacked pace in the final third for much of the last month, which he can offer in spades.

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