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Thierry Henry: Jose Mourinho mustn't forget about Marcus Rashford next season

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At long last, Manchester United appear to have found a worthy successor to the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both tried - and failed - to fill the Scotsman’s shoes and faced the managerial axe as a result.

And now, Jose Mourinho’s highly-anticipated arrival has been confirmed.

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However, whilst United fans are understandably delighted by the Portuguese’s arrival, some hold their reservations.

Mourinho is a winner through and through, but issues remains over whether he will show the same degree of trust in youth as Van Gaal did - and Thierry Henry fears the very same.

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The Arsenal legend has fired a warning to Chelsea’s former manager, insisting that he cannot afford to ignore Marcus Rashford next season.

He told Sky Sports, per Goal: “He’s going to have to make sure he can carry on with those guys.

“Marcus Rashford with what he did this year, you can’t just ignore that.

“[Timothy] Fosu-Mensah, I’m not going to name all the youngsters, I think he’s going to go with that. And I think he’s going to go with players that are going to fit the way he plays.

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“I know people say his teams are boring and they don’t score goals but when he went to Real Madrid a lot of the time he actually outscored Barcelona.

“And when he was at Chelsea they were scoring a lot of goals.”

Unfortunately for Rashford - and Henry - the seemingly imminent arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will likely see the youngster’s playing time plummet under Mourinho.

Unless he is played out wide, Rashford stands little chance of being chosen over a striker who scored a remarkable 38 league goals last season for Paris Saint-Germain.

Mourinho must at least give the 18-year-old a decent amount of game time in cup competitions and coming off the bench if he is unwilling to start him, especially so if comparisons continue to be drawn with the likes of Brazilian Ronaldo.

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Earlier this month, the former Barcelona striker said Rashford reminded him of himself back in his playing days.

“He’s a very good young player. I see some of myself in him for sure - he has courage and he’s fast and very good with the ball," Ronaldo said.

“I think for the strikers they have to be hungry to score and I see that with him. He has an amazing future.”

An impressive eight goals in 18 appearances since scoring a brace on his senior debut for United against FC Midtjylland only bolsters Rashford's case.

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