Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is ready to become one of the world’s best wingers and forget about becoming a world-class No. 9. The England international has been used out wide and up top since breaking onto the scene in 2016 under Louis Van Gaal. Coming through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, Rashford was a deadly striker.
However, this season, the 22-year-old has been used out wide, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opting to use Anthony Martial as a central striker.
Manchester-born Rashford netted 19 goals before he was sidelined with a back fracture.
And Rashford says he feels the left wing is his more natural position – hinting he may never play up top for United again.
He said: “A lot of it depends on the players that you are playing with.
“When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team.
“Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a number nine.
“When I transitioned to a number nine when I was younger, that’s the bit that I struggled with as I was always someone who wanted to express myself on the ball.
“When I started playing number nine, I realised that you don’t see the ball as often as you do in other positions, but when you do see the ball, it’s an opportunity to score goals.
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“That’s what I loved about being a number nine and that’s what I still love about it. But right now I’m enjoying having the freedom to mix between the two – and I think it suits us well at the moment as Anthony likes to drift to the left and drop deep as well.
“To be honest, it does feel natural to be playing in the position that I’m playing now – I’m in the middle between the left and centre-forward and it’s definitely positive.”
United are hoping to sign Tottenham No. 9 Harry Kane this summer, which could see Rashford’s wish granted.
Rashford and Kane have impressed together for England in recent years.
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