Manchester United academy product Marcus Rashford was given first team opportunity by Ex-United manager Louis Van Gaal. Since then it has been a wonderful journey for the young striker. Now Rashford will be facing fierce competition with experienced Zlatan Ibrahimovic who recently signed for United.
Ibrahimovic was a free agent this summer after his contract with PSG ended. Jose Mourinho welcomed the player as his second signing at Manchester United. The experienced striker has won 9 titles in the last 10 seasons and is now looking forward to achieve the same at United. In 370 games played over Europe’s top leagues, Zlatan has scored 251 goals and provided 96 assists.
Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic worked together at Inter Milan in the past. Both will be planning to achieve another glorious career at United. It is understood that Mourinho who always had a good relationship with Zlatan will definitely pick the player over young Rashford.
But main thing to look forward is that the veteran striker won’t be staying at United for more than 1 year as per his contract. In that situation, Mourinho will have to pick Rashford next year without any other choice.
During Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at United, young midfielder Paul Pogba wasn’t given enough opportunities. It was because the manager had experienced Paul Scholes playing in the same position resulting Pogba to leave the club. Now such a situation shouldn’t be repeated with Rashford, as the player has already shown great potential.
Ibrahimovic,34 signed a 1 year contract with his new club won’t be looking to stay for more than 1 season. It will be an opportunity for Rashford to learn from veteran striker. At the same time, youngster can assuring his place of first choice striker at United in coming years.
Since United will be playing Europa League this season, it’s a great opportunity for Rashford to outshine other players in the competition and assure a place in the team. Rashford has scored 8 goals from 18 appearances and was an instant success at United. Considering Mourinho’s future plans, it will be better to use Rashford as a super-sub thereby assuring that youngster isn’t unhappy at any situation.