English Premiership

Wright tips Rashford to break into Jose's XI

2016-09-05 19:01
Marcus Rashford (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Former England striker Ian Wright feels Marcus Rashford will force his way into the Manchester United starting XI before Christmas.

Rashford has yet to start in an official game under Jose Mourinho, but has been tipped by many to be a future star for Manchester United and England.

His ability and potential shone through last season under manager Louis van Gaal as then teenager scored eight goals in his first 18 professional appearances as a senior footballer.

That late season form earned a place in England's Euro 2016 squad, but his exploits last season have not translated into a starting berth under Jose Mourinho.

However, after scoring the Red Devils' winning goal in the last minute of the game against Hull City last week, Wright says the 18-year-old will continue to give the Portuguese manager a selection dilemma.

"I think it's brilliant what he's doing: he's not saying too much, he wants to play, he comes on, he scores a goal, he's forcing the issue for Jose Mourinho," he told ITV. "I believe halfway down this season he will end up most probably playing with Ibra.

"He's ready to go, you can't hold him back."

Rashford scored the opening goal in England's 2-1 win over Australia in May, becoming the youngest Englishman to score on his international debut.

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