The 21-year-old came on to snatch a winner for the Red Devils against Bournemouth but the former United captain feels he needs more game time to grow
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford must start for the club on a more regular basis if he is to find his best position, says former Red Devils captain Rio Ferdinand.
Rashford came off the bench to snatch an injury-time winner against Bournemouth for Jose Mourinho’s side, giving them a 2-1 victory and helping them keep pace with the top four.
But the England international spurned golden chances elsewhere in the game, failing to bury a close-range effort on the goal-line and then losing out to Nathan Ake in a one-on-one foot race.
Mourinho defended Rashford ahead of the Premier League encounter at the Vitality Stadium, stating that the pressure was too high on his shoulders but Ferdinand, who made 455 appearances for United across 12 seasons, feels that the 21-year-old needs more regular starts to improve.
“Marcus Rashford is a great talent who needs to be nurtured,” the 39-year-old told BT Sport when asked why he should Rashford should start every match. “Mourinho has given him opportunities, he’s played many, many minutes.
“But I believe he is at an age now where he will be sitting there [and] if he’s not starting, he’ll be disappointed.
“He’s gone from being that player who’s been brought into the squad, who’s happy to come off the bench and make that impact.
“He’s now at a place where in his own mind he’s thinking ‘I should be starting here’ and when he doesn’t, that’s a deflator.