Cape Town - Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes
that Marcus Rashford will struggle to emulate the greatest goalscorers at
Rashford burst onto the scene during the
2015/16 season under former Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, scoring on his
debut in the top flight and the Europa League.
The United youth product also went on to
score in his first appearance for England and was tipped for a bright future in
However, the arrival of Jose Mourinho as
manager at Old Trafford in 2016 has seen the 20-year-old striker's impact wane
due in part to the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Rashford has been asked to play out wide by
Mourinho for the most part, and Shearer - who holds the record for the most
goals in the league with 260 - fears the youngster will never realise his ambitions
at the Theatre of Dreams.
"As long as Romelu Lukaku stays fit he
is not going to get a starting spot as the lone striker at Old Trafford,"
the Newcastle icon told the Sun.
"As long as Jose Mourinho is the
manager, there is not going to be two up top. Even if Lukaku did not play, my
money would be on Alexis Sanchez being moved into the middle and further
"And would Mourinho really turn to
Rashford if he needed another striker? Or would he go to the transfer market
for a tried and trusted ready-made goalscorer?
"Rashford has been played so long in a
wide position in a three, that it does take time to readjust to his natural
"Time is not a great commodity in
football nowadays. I am not advocating Rashford moves away from Old Trafford.
It is a great club to be at. But if he wants to achieve an ambition to be
recognised as a great goalscorer it is just not going to happen there.
"He would need to move with the
assurance that his next club will make him the main man, the striker, the one
up top or one of two. Then I truly believe he would develop into a