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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is rotting out on wings says Ian Wright

Chris David
2.65K   //    09 Nov 2016, 10:13 IST
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Marcus Rashford is yet to hit the highs of last season

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has questioned Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's decision of playing Marcus Rashford on the wings in the 2016-17 season.

The 19-year-old came up through the ranks of the Red Devils' youth system before breaking into the first team earlier in this calendar year under Louis van Gaal. His impressive form in the second half of the previous campaign saw him break into the England squad at Euro 2016.

Rashford played as the main striker under the guidance of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager. However, Van Gaal's successor moved the teenager on the wings to fit summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is leading United's strike force.

Wright believes the forward is "rotting" out on the wings as he believes Rashford is a natural goal-scorer and deserves to be played up front.

“Why is Marcus Rashford playing on the wing? He is a goal-scorer,” the former Arsenal and England striker told the Sun's football podcast.

“He has good movement and he can finish. They’ve left him on the wing and he’s rotting out there.”

Wright's comments comes after he earlier criticised Ibrahimovi, who prior to the Swansea City clash struggled to find the back of the net. The Swedish striker scored a brace as Mourinho saw his side register their first win in the Premier League since beating English champions Leicester City in September.

The former Arsenal star questioned United striker's all-round display, which according to him has cost the 20-time English champions points in this campaign. Wright further went on to stretch it claiming that the Red Devils' league rivals would have rejected a chance in signing Ibrahimovi even on a free transfer, something which the Old Trafford club last summer.

"When you look at him, his all-round play has just not been good enough. His movement has not been great, I'm going to be totally honest, I'm not sure too many other teams would have signed him, even on a free," Wright previously told The Sun.


"You look at the way Man City are playing, the way Chelsea are playing, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, all vibrant, teams with pace and exuberance.

"And you look at Man United, it's slow, and he's got a massive part to play in that. I've not seen Ibra play well for 10-15 games, and Man United need it, especially the way they are playing."

United will host Arsenal in the Premier League after the international break. Ibrahimovi is suspended for that fixture after he picked up his fifth yellow card for his tackle on Swansea's Leroy Fer.

Wright could be proved right if Rashford leads United's attack against his former club and goes on to score the winner.

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