There’s another new dawn set to begin at Manchester United as Jose Mourinho joins the club.
The former Chelsea boss – who was famously sacked during the middle of last season – is now managing the team against whom he began to make his name when he was in charge of Porto.
The Portuguese is charged with one task – to bring the Premier League title back to the club for the first time since 2013. And if anyone can do it it’s surely him.
Mourinho has won titles wherever he’s been and the Old Trafford faithful know, regardless of some of the negative press he may also bring with him, he’s the best man to take on what could be the toughest competition in the Premier League yet for next season.
Mourinho is also known for his preference of experience over youth in his sides, but in the squad he’s inheriting he has arguably one of the brightest young talents ever at his disposal – Marcus Rashford. The England forward has undergone a meteoric rise that the Portuguese must have noticed, and here at FootballFanCast we think Rashford should be given the chance to show what he can do. Here are FIVE reasons why…
Rashford scores goals at a rapid rate, what else do you need from a striker? Rashford’s finishing has caught the eye of everyone since his debut strikes against Arsenal, and United clearly have a forward that can score all kinds of goals, who’s only going to get better. Rashford may not carry an exotic names like Karim Benzema or Robert Lewandowski, but at his young age he certainly could be a big player in the years to come.
Pace is a huge factor in the modern game and aside from Rashford, United actually have very little going forward. Wayne Rooney is being employed deeper and was never the fastest, whilst other attacking players like Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata lack speed, too. Rashford allows United to stretch the game and Mourinho must want to keep that in his team.
Looking at United’s current squad, Rashford is the only long term guarantee source of goals. Rooney is being employed in a deeper role and did not score many last season whilst, and even if Zlatan Ibrahimovic does sign, he won’t be playing at the club for long given his age. It makes sense to keep Rashford in Mourinho’s set up so he can learn his playing style and then be one of the main leaders of Mourinho’s side for the years to come.
It’s widely expected that Jose Mourinho will reunite with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the club and this would be a vital factor to Rashford’s development. Mourinho will surely acknowledge that the Swede’s playing days will soon be coming to an end and if he can tutor Rashford first-hand at the club this can only be a good thing for the young forward. What is he going to learn somewhere else that he can’t from Ibrahimovic?
Rashford clearly has an abundance of confidence in his ability and he never seems to be overawed by the occasion. Goals on his Premier League and Europa League debuts, as well as hitting the net on his first appearance for England, show he’s comfortable in any situation and this is key for Mourinho. The new manager will want to see his players go out and dominate their opposition and Rashford will allow the side to do this.