Former English footballer Alan Shearer has accused Man Utd and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of taking a ‘huge gamble,’ by failing to replace striker Romelu Lukaku who joined Inter Milan in the summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, following his appointment had opted for Marcus Rashford to lead the lines. A decision which apparently didn’t sit well with Romelu Lukaku, and eventually saw him end his two-year stint at Old Trafford in favour of a move to Inter Milan.
Manchester United however failed to replace the Belgian striker, a decision Alan Shearer believes would turn out to be a huge mistake. As he doesn’t see English talent Marcus Rashford as a natural goal scorer or a center forward either.
“Gareth Southgate’s assessment that Marcus Rashford is not a No . 9 is spot on,” Alan Shearer told The Sun.
“Even this season, when Manchester United’s main striker Romelu Lukaku left, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays Anthony Martial down the middle.
“I get the feeling Marcus feels more confident coming in off the left where he does not have to play a lot with his back to goal.
“There is no denying he is an excellent talent but I don’t think he is a natural goalscorer. We sometimes forget he is only 21 so time is still on his side.
“But he is very different to Harry Kane, who is determined and ruthless. I do not think Marcus will be bothered by the England boss’ words.
“We have not heard from Marcus where he prefers to play and I have never spoken to him about it.”
He added: “For England, it is not a problem because he will never play there ahead of Harry, and Marcus looked sharp against Bulgaria from the left.
“It is a bigger issue for United because they have taken a huge gamble by not replacing Lukaku.
“Going into the season with just Marcus, Martial and Mason Greenwood is very risky and that is a huge burden for those three to carry over a long campaign.”
Apparently, Alan Shearer’s opinion of Marcus Rashford is heavily backed by England manager Gareth Southgate. Who for one, doesn’t see the 21-year-old as a No 9.
“For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a No. 9 but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work.” Southgate said
“Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress.
“A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up.
“If he plays as a No 9, he will play it differently to Harry — but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line.
“I don’t think that’s a problem, we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in.”
While Marcus Rashford looked to be in stellar form for his international side, the forward has seemed rather less effective and hugely frustrated for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in three of his four Premier League games.
Rashford looks great going forward, but it’s looking more evident the 21-year-old isn’t the long-lost striker Manchester United and Solskjaer have hoped for.
Solskjaer would now have the big task of deciding, who takes the role. Seeing that new signing Daniel James looks far more effective, playing from the left, rather than the right. – where he featured in his previous games prior to Southampton.