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Ryan Giggs says Marcus Rashford needs to be playing as a striker

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Marcus Rashford hasn't been given much of a chance to remind everyone why he is one of hottest talents in English football since Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal in May.

The 18-year-old became a key man in the previous regime after a string of injuries left Van Gaal with little choice but to play the youngster.

But the arrival of Mourinho, shortly followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic has limited Rashford's playing time so far this season.

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When the England international has briefly been given the chance to make an impact off the bench, the Manchester United boss has dispatched him out on the flank.

As Rashford showed during his cameo appearances for England at Euro 2016, he can still be effective out wide but is widely expected to become a specialist striker in the long term.

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Ryan Giggs can claim some credit for Rashford's rise to prominence last term as he was Van Gaal's assistant at Old Trafford.

The United hero is still a big fan of the teenager but has urged Mourinho to play him in a central role.

"Marcus is a brilliant option because he runs in behind and defenders hate playing against him because he's causing you problems," Giggs told Sky Sports.

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"He's a centre-forward. He plays as a centre-forward position so well. At the moment, with Ibrahimovic scoring, he's not going to get in but I don't think that's a bad thing for Marcus.

"I think he can come on and be an impact player. There's a lot of pressure on him because of the season he had last year but it's a nice problem to have for Jose Mourinho."

Ibrahimovic's form may prove a big stumbling block Rashford this season. Three goals from the opening two fixtures in the Premier League has proven that even at the age of 34, he still has the quality to compete at the highest level.

It would point towards a very frustrating campaign for Rashford but as Mourinho has already explained, the recently retired Swedish international's role in the team will be more than just scoring the goals on the pitch.

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Indeed, who better to teach Rashford some tricks of the trade than a man who has won titles in Spain, Italy and France and scored goals everywhere he has been?

With United also competing in the Europa League this season, Rashford will undoubtedly get the opportunity to shine at some point. For now though, he can only watch and learn as one of the best strikers in a generation struts his stuff.

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