Carragher says Rashford not as good as Lukaku, explains why he must leave Man United

first_imgJamie Carragher has joined talkSPORT to explain comments he made urging Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to join a club like Everton.Rashford, the forward, played the full 90 minutes in each of England’s past two matches, and scored in both the defeat to Spain and the friendly victory over Switzerland. 3 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings “I just think for young players – Rashford is the obvious one – that they may need to come away, similar to what Lukaku did; he was at Chelsea and couldn’t come through with Mourinho, had to move to Everton, and now he’s at Manchester United.”Carragher went on to admit Rashford never became the ‘teenage sensation’ he was expected to be in his brilliant debut season, and he doubts whether the starlet will ever prove himself good enough to be Man United’s centre-forward unless given an extended chance to play the position.The former England defender continued: “I’d love nothing more, as I’m sure Rashford and United fans would, of him being the main man through the centre for Manchester United in the future.“There have been others; Michael Owen and [Robbie] Fowler at Liverpool, but they were teenage sensations… Rooney joining United at 18. He was handed the chance to start both games by Gareth Southgate, the England manager, despite being selected from the beginning for just one of Man United’s four Premier League fixtures in 2018/19; Rashford has now played more international minutes (180) this season than club minutes (121).Liverpool legend Carragher was working as a pundit for Sky Sports when he addressed Rashford’s role at Old Trafford, making the suggestion that leaving United for a club outside the Premier League’s top six would be a wise idea for the 20-year-old to push on with his career.“The problem he’s got, and it’s the same for every young striker at big clubs, nothing’s harder than that position,” Carragher opined.“Romelu Lukaku is in front of Rashford and I don’t see Rashford displacing him as long as he is there. silverware “But remember when Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away and go to Everton. Then he ended up as top scorer and got his move to Man United.“Possibly Everton is the sort of club you are looking at, just below the top six, for someone like Rashford, similar to what Lukaku did.“You know you are going to play every week as the centre-forward and you know if you have a couple of games where you don’t score then you are still going to play the next week.”Carragher reacted on Twitter when talkSPORT ran the story, and he later joined the Jim White show to clarify his views by insisting he was not singling out Rashford, he was instead making a point about any young player who is struggling for game time at a top six club. Rashford netted the only goal of the game in England’s 1-0 defeat of Switzerland tense latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Most read in Premier League Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “We thought Rashford may have been that, but it hasn’t quite happened, so we still don’t know if he’s good enough to be Manchester United’s centre-forward.“But I don’t think we’ll ever know if he doesn’t play in that position, and I don’t see him playing in that position any time soon.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The point is not just about this player or club, but coming through as a striker at a top club is the most difficult for any young player. You have to be one of the best in Europe at a young age. Owen & Fowler teenage sensations. Kane got a chance because Spurs strikers failed. https://t.co/1VeuNCkko2— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 12, 2018However, Carragher did stand by his view that Rashford would be served better leaving United for game time – as he’s not as good as the player blocking his chances at Old Trafford, Lukaku.He said: “Last night, the big debate was a lot of those players had not played enough football and Gareth [Southgate] was giving them a game.“But the point on Rashford was slightly different.“It wasn’t so much about Rashford and Manchester United, it was about being a young player coming through at a top six club and the most difficult position to come through is striker. 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Liverpool have [Roberto] Firmino who plays for Brazil, [Manchester United’s Romelu] Lukaku was at the World Cup for Belgium.“Even though Chelsea have struggled for centre-forwards since [Diego] Costa they’ve still got a man who’s played for Juventus and Real Madrid in [Alvaro] Morata.“That position is the most difficult to come through and establish yourself.“That’s not me saying: ‘[Jose] Mourinho doesn’t give young players a chance’ or ‘Rashford should be playing’, because I don’t think Rashford should be playing for Manchester United at centre-forward – I don’t think he’s as good as Lukaku.“But how will he ever get to that standard of the strikers I’ve just mentioned if he doesn’t play centre-forward?“I think in other positions on the pitch you can bed yourself in, but as a striker you’ve got to win the game.“Top clubs can’t wait for a young striker to go six or seven games without scoring as they learn and get more experience and improve – they need the ready-made article right now.last_img

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