Glenn Hoddle warns Marcus Rashford could become like Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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Jose Mourinho will be struggling to find many positives after watching his Manchester United side lose 3-1 at Watford.

Once again, many of the Red Devils' biggest earners - Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney in particular - failed to deliver, leaving them looking uninspired and flat.

However, even if the club have not started the season as they would have liked, one player continues to star.


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Marcus Rashford outshining the big boys is becoming something of a pattern, and he was the only man to find the net for the Special One's men against the Hornets, even if it wasn't one of his finest goals.

With every strike, the clamour among United fans for him to start increases. Mourinho did reward him for his recent form with starts in both the Feyenoord and Watford games, but it's always possible he will choose to shake things up again as he searches for a winning formula.

Of course, it's vital for the 18-year-old's development that he is given a proper run in the side.

That's the opinion of Glenn Hoddle, who has made an interesting prediction as to what could happen to the striker if he doesn't get enough games.

Writing in the Daily Mail, the former Chelsea midfielder insisted Rashford risks turning into a player like the Blues' Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

"He (Loftus-Cheek) looks a fine player. But we don’t really know much more about him than when he made his debut at 18," explained Hoddle.

Hoddle concerned

"By the time I was 21, in 1978, I had played 104 times for Tottenham in the top division and 102 of those appearances were in the starting XI.

"So I look at Marcus Rashford at Manchester United and worry that over the next few years he might go the same way as Loftus-Cheek."

Although Rashford has made incredible progress in the half-year since his debut, Hoddle certainly raises a fair question about whether his progress will continue at the same rate, especially now that Mourinho has arrived.

"I can’t see him getting a clear run in the first team at Manchester United," he added.

"Certainly he’ll be fortunate to have made 100 starts by the age of 21.

"But those three years are crucial to your development as a player. If you’re on the bench and coming on occasionally, you aren’t learning."

Should Marcus Rashford be starting for United every week? Who should Mourinho drop? Have your say in the comments.

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