Rio Ferdinand gives his honest opinion on Marcus Rashford after Bournemouth 1-2 Man United

Rio Ferdinand spoke his mind about Marcus Rashford after Man Utd 2-1 Bournemouth

Manchester United came back from a goal behind to defeat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

It looked as if Jose Mourinho's side were staring at another defeat when Callum Wilson scored the opener 11 minutes into the game.

In truth, Bournemouth could and maybe should have extended their lead before half-time but spurned a number of good opportunities.

And they were made to pay when Anthony Martial notched his fifth goal in four games 10 minutes before the break.

United applied pressure for much of the second 45 minutes and Marcus Rashford netted in extra-time to ensure they walked away with all three points.

Rashford proved to be the match winner for his side, but he was forced to make do with a place on the bench from the outset.

He was eventually introduced in the 56th minute and played a vital role as United won all three points.

Rio Ferdinand was asked about Rashford after the game and he gave his honest verdict of the 21-year-old.

"This is a great talent who needs to be nurtured," he told the Premier League Show. "Jose Mourinho has given him opportunities, he's played many, many minutes.

Rio Ferdinand thinks Marcus Rashford should be starting for United every week

"But I believe he's at an age now where he'll be sitting there and if he's not starting, he'll be disappointed.

"He's gone from being that player that's been brought in to the squad, who's happy to come off the bench and make an impact.

"He's now at a place where in his mind he's saying 'I should be starting here' and when he doesn't that's a deflator.

"I think he's good enough to start."

Marcus Rashford celebrates United's win against Bournemouth

When asked whether he should start out wide or up front, Ferdinand replied: "I think that should be mixed up for him.

"I don't think he's in the point of his career where he's a definite number nine. 

"Players move about and find their position. I think he's still in that position. But I do think he's a definite starter in this team."

Ferdinand then went on to slate Lukaku, saying he needs much more to his game than just goals and that his performances negatively impact his teammates.

Well said, Rio.

Rashford is one of England's brightest talents and deserves to be starting.

He has shown in flashes that he is capable of being United's most productive attacker.

The 21-year-old just needs some regular starts before he can start replicating his best form on a weekly basis.

Ferdinand's comments generated some debate but the vast majority agreed with his analysis of the youngster.

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