Marcus Rashford has been harshly treated by Jose Mourinho, according to Lee Sharpe

Marcus Rashford has been harshly treated by Jose Mourinho, according to Lee Sharpe

Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe has said that the introduction of Alexis Sanchez to the starting eleven hasn’t helped the progress of Marcus Rashford.

Rashford won the man of the match in England’s final warm-up game against Costa Rica on Thursday night, demonstrating the high level of performance he is capable of when given the opportunity.

At Old Trafford, the Wythenshawe born forward has shown flashes of his potential with several goals in important games, however, he has struggled for game time, especially after the introduction of Sanchez in January.

Sharpe, who played for United in the 1990’s, has said that irregular game time has hampered Rashford’s progression over the 2017/18 campaign.

He told PA Sport (via Goal): “I think he’s been a little bit harshly treated, dipping in and out of the team has not helped him.

“It doesn’t seem like Jose Mourinho is building a team around him and he’s never been one for putting young ones in.

“Having been a similar age in a similar sort of position to Marcus, I know how it feels and even though you get the odd week where you get tired you need to get that rhythm and to feel the manager is backing you. Sanchez coming in and taking a place hasn’t helped him.

“To be in and out just isn’t great and it’s also a little tough for him being in a team who aren’t playing fluently, moving the ball around and dominating.”

While Rashford didn’t set the world on fire for United, he’s had a brilliant start to his international duties this summer and is becoming increasingly more likely to start up-front with Harry Kane in the Three Lions’ first game against Tunisia.

“There are a few senior international defenders who will be absolutely petrified of him if he’s given licence to just run at people and do his stuff. He should be told to go and fill his boots and express himself.

“Rashford could scare people to death out there, score a few goals and win a few penalties.”

Rashford concluded the club season with 13 goals for United – a career-best – and his brilliant strike from outside the box against Costa Rica takes his England tally to three in 19 appearances.

England are expected to qualify from Group G at the World Cup. They play Tunisia on 18 June, then Panama and Belgium.