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Alan Shearer thinks Rashford is more effective than Lukaku.

Alan Shearer has his say on Marcus Rashford's performance against Everton

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Manchester United returned to winning ways on Sunday as they defeated Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, before Anthony Martial fired home five minutes after the break.

Gylfi Sigurdsson dispatched a late penalty but the home side held on the claim a vital three points.

One story that dominated the headlines prior to the game was Jose Mourinho's decision to play Marcus Rashford instead of Romelu Lukaku up front.

The Belgian striker has been an ever present for Mourinho ever since he joined the club in 2017.

However, his barren run of form forced Mourinho to drop him to the bench.

The Portuguese manager explained his decision prior to the game, claiming that Lukaku is not playing with confidence and is under pressure.

"The reason is, he is playing lots of matches and lately, not just not scoring goals, but also not showing lots of confidence," he said, per Sky Sports.

"Sometimes we decide that the best thing for the players is to not be on the pitch, to be protected and away from the initial pressure."

Rashford was not at his best during his 65 minutes on the pitch but he was still more effective than Lukaku has been in recent weeks.

Rashford makes way for Lukaku during Man Utd 2-1 Everton

And Alan Shearer has got it spot on when saying that the English youngster should continue in the team despite not being overly impressive.

"He did not exactly sparkle against Everton, managing only one shot at goal in his 65 minutes on the pitch, but I still think Marcus Rashford deserves to keep his place leading Manchester United's attack," he began in his column for the BBC.

"I thought United looked better going forward with Rashford in the side than they have done with Lukaku leading the line in recent weeks.

"Lukaku has looked badly out of sorts for a while now, and he hardly put in a performance that screamed 'pick me' when he replaced Rashford in the second half.

Lukaku has struggled in a Man Utd shirt in the past few months

"The Belgian missed a big opportunity to put United 3-1 up when he fluffed a header in front of goal, and he has now failed to score in his past nine games.

"When Rashford was on the pitch, United's movement was much improved, which made them a lot more dangerous.

"Their first thought for most of the game was to get the ball forward and, when they did, they got it into the box or found their mobile front players with passes in behind.

"So although Rashford did not shine individually, from a team point of view he helped to cause Everton plenty of problems.

Rashford wasn't at his best during Man Utd's win v Everton

"He definitely justified his selection - now I just hope he keeps his place."

Well said, Alan.

Whether Rashford continues in the team remains to be seen.

However, there is no doubt that he would be a better option than Lukaku at the moment and he deserves to show what he's got to offer up front.

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Alan Shearer
Football
Marcus Rashford
Anthony Martial
Jose Mourinho
Paul Pogba
Romelu Lukaku
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Manchester United
Everton

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