‘Marcus Rashford is too good for Man United – Pep Guardiola would make him world class’, says talkSPORT host Adrian Durham

1 Nov

talkSPORT host Adrian Durham has claimed Marcus Rashford is ‘too good for Manchester United’ and is ‘selling himself short’ by staying at Old Trafford.

And, he believes the striker would be an even better player if he had been coached by Pep Guardiola at rivals Manchester City.

Rashford turned 22 on Thursday and, having struggled for consistent form over the last 12 months, Durham is certain there is plenty more to come from him.

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Rashford stunned everyone with two goals on his senior debut, which only came as a result of Anthony Martial’s warm-up injury
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You will probably need little reminding of the Carrington graduate’s rapid rise, having burst onto the scene in February 2016 with two goals on his Man United debut against FC Midtjylland.

Then, just three days later, he scored twice again and provided an assist in a 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

Rashford had become England’s greatest future prospect almost overnight, and just months later in May he also became the youngest player to score on his Three Lions debut in a 2-1 win over Australia.

The following years saw him go from understudy to leading man for the Red Devils, but with it has come greater expectation, especially since taking the number ten shirt.

His form in recent months has suffered. Many fans have complained about his finishing, his lack of match-winning influence and his apparent inability to lead the line by himself.

Marcus Rashford has a lot on his young shoulders at Manchester United
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But Durham believes the critics are being too tough on the young forward and are ignoring an obvious fact – he has been held back by a declining United team.

And the Drivetime host says Rashford should be playing for a club that can give him Champions League football, instead of ‘slumming it in the Europa League’.

“I think we’re too harsh on Rashford and I think he’s too good for Manchester United,” said Durham on talkSPORT.

“It’s hypothetical, but just imagine he was at Manchester City learning under Pep Guardiola over the last three or four years, can you image how good he might be then?

“I think he’s already a terrific player, but imagine how much better he would be if he’d been at Man City where they’re settled and they’re learning from Guardiola?

“Look at how good Raheem Sterling has become… Rashford would be bordering on world class now.

“Rashford and Mbappe were at a level when they first burst onto the scene, but Mbappe has gone through the roof because he’s been in a settled team that’s winning domestically and he’s been winning with his country as well.

Rashford and Mbappe both scored their first club goals in Feb 2016. Durham claims they were on-par when they burst on to the scene, and the Frenchman’s current status is only more proof of Rashford’s unfulfilled potential
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“Rashford has had to go through different managers, he’s been in and out of the team, he’s played in different positions.

“Manchester United are different now, they’re not Champions League regulars and you wouldn’t back them to get into the top four this season. They are where they are, that’s the truth, you can’t deny it.

“Should Rashford be slumming it in the Europa League?

“I personally don’t think so, I think he’s a Champions League player, I think he’s that good.

“I think he’s selling himself short being at Man United.”

Watch a clip of Adrian Durham on Drivetime above


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