Staying at United is the best choice for Marcus Rashford's career
Real Sport 101's Chris Weir urges Rashford to be patient.
Time to say goodbye?
"Leaving would represent a poor career choice. Jose Mourinho might not have granted Rashford as many starts as he'd have liked but he has also punctured much of the hype that has strangled England's brightest prospects over the past few decades. Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott were all exposed to the spotlight too soon, ballooned by a hope that their talent couldn't match."
"If Rashford doubts his chances in the United first team, he should take heart from the example of Jesse Lingard. His inability to convert first-team chances into a continuous spot looked like defining his career: until, that is, Mourinho finally hammered him into a player who could deliver consistently. Provided he keeps delivering, Rashford can expect to be given similar opportunities."
Ample game time
"Far from stifling his young stars, Mourinho is giving ample game time to a swathe of youthful inside forwards. If anything, he has been almost too accommodating for each of his players, with each called upon extensively in a campaign that stretched over four competitions. For all his undoubted talent, Rashford will face similar struggles at every side in the top six should he decide to leave.
"To be guaranteed a starting spot, then, he would need to forego the chance of playing with elite players in elite competitions. A spell at Newcastle, for example, might be good for his appearance numbers but it would ultimately be counter-productive for his development. Time is on Rashford's side. Patience is required."
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