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Ian Wright: Man Utd player is "rotting" under Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho accepted the role of Manchester United manager in the knowledge he had a big job on his hands - but nothing quite like this.

Sixteen games played and the Portuguese has recorded eight wins, three draws and five defeats, which is worse than what David Moyes and Louis van Gaal managed in the same time.

The pressure continues to mount for Mourinho, who faces a race against time to find a solution to his side's many, many problems.

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Identifiying his strongest starting XI has proved particularly challenging. Three wins in United's first three Premier League games suggested he had found a winning formula, but that's not the case.

Much has been made of what Mourinho should do next after Thursday night's underwhelming defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League, but Ian Wright believes he has the answer.

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Speaking to The Sun, the former Arsenal striker listed four changes that Mourinho should make to his squad and also expressed concern about Marcus Rashford "rotting" under his reign.

He said, per Goal: "Rashford came on the scene, scoring goals, playing through the centre. Why is he playing out on the wing?

"He's a goalscorer with great movement. He finishes. Then they just put him on the left, rotting out there.

"Put [Paul] Pogba at No.10, Rashford up there. Get [Anthony] Martial out, get [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan playing. They've got the players to get this game going."

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Wright has absolutely nailed it. Rashford thrived as a striker under Van Gaal last season, scoring a brace on his full debut, two against Arsenal and then the winner against Manchester City.

As for Mkhitaryan replacing Martial, the Armenian winger still needs time to adapt to the Premier League but will only do so if given opportunities.

And where Pogba is concerned - well, who knows his best position anymore?

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Since completing a world-record £89 million summer move, the Frenchman has played in central midfield and in the No.10 role but flattered to deceive in both positions.

If it wasn't for the fact United invested so much into his move, Mourinho would probably have dropped Pogba already.

The impending international break will come as a welcome breather to Mourinho, but against Swansea City on Sunday, it would be worth giving Rashford the chance to shine upfront.

Paul Scholes recently admitted a title challenge is out of the question for United - only a battle for fourth - so what is there to lose?

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