Manchester United fans speculating how Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival will impact Marcus Rashford might have an answer.
The 18-year-old shot to superstardom last season and it was hoped Mourinho would help his development by making him a key figure in his team.
The Portuguese even suggested as much by saying Rashford and Ibrahimovic would be an “amazing complement” for each other.
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However, Mourinho might have simply been pleasing the masses with that comment. The 53-year-old’s system includes just a single striker and Ibrahimovic will be given first opportunity to shine up front when the new season gets underway.
Though it’s not his preferred position, Rashford wouldn’t complain if he was asked to play on the wing if it meant more minutes. Given that nobody had heard of him at the start of the year, the former Fletcher Moss Rangers player is humble enough to realise the incredibly fortunate position he finds himself in and so would accept playing anywhere.
Unfortunately, he might not even receive that luxury.
According to the Daily Mail, Rashford will have to accept more time on the bench because Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial will occupy the flanks.
The teenager won’t go short of first-team action next season, though. Mourinho realises the player’s potential and his popularity among fans, while acknowledging that playing Rashford would help his less-than-impressive track record of developing youth talent.
With his pace and youthful energy, Rashford, who scored eight goals last season, would make the perfect impact substitute.
Learning from Ibrahimovic
“When I see our group in the attacking areas – Zlatan, Rashford, Rooney, Mkhitaryan, Mata, and all the wingers we have – I think we have lots of quality in attack to produce good football and score goals,” the new United boss has said.
Learning from Ibrahimovic, who scored 52 goals for Paris Saint-Germain last season, can only do wonders for Rashford’s career.