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Man Utd urged to learn from Jose Mourinho’s tactical mistake with Marcus Rashford

By Steve Jennings

Published: 15:07, 29 October 2019

Stan Collymore has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial “through the middle” for Manchester United.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker believes ex-United manager Jose Mourinho made a mistake by failing to give Rashford the chance to prove he is a capable centre-forward.

Why was Sunday a mixed bag for Man Utd’s strikers? Five things to know…

  • United recorded a much-needed 3-1 win at struggling Norwich on Sunday.
  • Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both on the scoresheet.
  • But both United strikers saw penalties expertly saved by goalkeeper Tim Krul.
  • In any case, Martial’s return gave the Red Devils more bite in attack.
  • And Collymore has urged Solskjaer to stick with two players up front.

After missing a penalty, Rashford doubled United’s advantage in their 3-1 victory against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday before Martial added a third.

Martial also saw a spot-kick brilliantly saved by Tim Krul, but the bite returned to United’s attack and Rashford was praised for his impact by Collymore.

“Marcus Rashford’s goal for Manchester United against Norwich made a mockery of suggestions he can’t play as a centre-forward,” Collymore wrote in his column for the Mirror.

“Touch, movement, finish: tick, tick, tick.

“Jose Mourinho reckons Rashford doesn’t have what it takes to play through the middle but maybe if he and some of the United coaches had actually coached the lad as a striker, he’d have scored plenty more of those types of goals.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should play him and Anthony Martial at the top of a good, old-fashioned 4-4-2, let them have 10 games together as a partnership and watch them thrive.”

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Rashford has now scored five goals in 10 Premier League appearances this season, while Martial – who has only recently returned from an injury lay-off – has found the net three times in five league outings.

Next up for United is a trip to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.