Manchester United have been told to change Marcus Rashford’s regular position to No.9 in order to help unlock the potential which could see him rival Kylian Mbappe on the world stage.
That is the view of ex-United striker Dwight Yorke, who feels persistent stints out on the flanks are hampering Rashford’s overall development.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used Rashford as his central striker on occasions this season, but has largely preferred to go with Edinson Cavani or Anthony Martial.
Rashford has instead been used more on the left-wing, where many feel he is most-suited due to his ability to cut in on his deadly right foot.
But Yorke disagrees, and believes a switch is needed for Rashford, who he pitches among the top rising stars in Europe.
“Absolutely. [Rashford] is certainly in the bracket of Mbappe,” Yorke told ESPN . “I think that if we give him another couple of years and let him learn the ins and outs of the game a little bit more, he will only get better.
“He has an eye for goal and all the other attributes you look for in a striker: He’s quick, he can go past people, he can create, he can score. He does all of that. We just need to allow him to enjoy it and produce that consistency.”
Yorke admitted that he himself was not as much of an out-and-out goalscorer as his former strike partner Andy Cole, and says that is “one of the most difficult positions” you can play.
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The arrival of Cavani and his experience at United could prove invaluable to the club’s young strikers, with Mason Greenwood also looking to break through.
But Yorke added: “You need to play that position week in and week out to get better at it. You can’t have makeshift strikers playing there once in a while and then going out to the right or left.”
Rashford has been enjoying a fairly prolific season in front of goal, despite being mainly used out wide, scoring 18 goals in 40 appearances so far.
And his previous comments suggest he has no desire to move into a central role, despite Yorke’s suggestion.
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“When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team,” Rashford told The Utd Podcast last year.
“Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a number nine.
“When I transitioned to a number nine when I was younger, that’s the bit that I struggled with as I was always someone who wanted to express myself on the ball.
“When I started playing number nine, I realised that you don’t see the ball as often as you do in other positions.”