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Marcus Rashford Reportedly Wants Manchester United Stay, Positional Change

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2018

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United prepares to take a corner during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford reportedly wants to stay and "prove himself" at the club, but he wants to play at centre-forward or behind the striker rather than out wide. 

Rashford's future has been the subject of speculation because he's started just one of United's four Premier League fixtures this season.

A source at the club told The Sun's Neil Custis: "Marcus loves the club and does not want to move, but he wants to be a striker or at least play down the middle as a No . 10. He is not going to give up trying to prove himself at United, but he knows he may have a big decision to make soon."

Rashford started United's opening game of the season, against Leicester City, for which manager Jose Mourinho had a depleted squad to call on.

After playing 67 minutes in that match, he came on for the second half as United lost 3-2 to Brighton & Hove Albion. The 20-year-old was an unused substitute in the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, and against Burnley, he was sent off just 10 minutes after being brought on, meaning he will miss United's next three domestic fixtures.

When the youngster does play, he's used on the left as much as he is down the middle in order to accommodate Romelu Lukaku up front.

After seeing him score two goals for England during the international break, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher feels he may need to change clubs:

Sky Sports Football @SkyFootball

Does Marcus Rashford need to leave Old Trafford to become a world-class player? "Romelu Lukaku is in front of Rashford and I don't see Rashford displacing him as long as he is there." Marcus Rashford may need to leave @ManUtd to reach potential: https://t.co/D6J8i7j4YQ https://t.co/S70OCHTudR

Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News believes his situation at Old Trafford is simple, though:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Agree with some of the points here but Rashford is not a complicated case at #mufc. He doesn't start because Lukaku is a better striker, Sanchez is a better left winger, he is awful on the right and has had two good games this year https://t.co/kpYL8lPdcS

Rashford may not have enjoyed the best start to the season in terms of game time, but it's worth remembering he made 52 appearances last year, featuring in all but four of United's matches over the campaign.

As the Evening Standard's James Robson noted, he has not been without opportunities at United:

James Robson @jamesrobsonES

Not surprising to see Rashford is the subject of debate after England performances. Mourinho has nurtured him since taking over at #mufc - played him more than any outfield player last season and handed him the No10 shirt. Hardly a talent being squandered

Rashford may have only started one of United's first four matches, but there's little to suggest he won't play a similar role to the one he played last year.

He may not be hitting the heights of a player like Kylian Mbappe, who is only 19, but it's still impressive for a player of his age to be a regular at a club of the Red Devils' stature.

His desire to play in his preferred position is understandable, but it's more important that he's getting on the pitch at all.

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