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Romelu Lukaku on his way out: Why Marcus Rashford’s ready to lead the line

Manchester United are looking to sell Romelu Lukaku and use Marcus Rashford as the club’s leading striker next season, according to the Daily Mail.

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After a difficult second season at Old Trafford in which Lukaku found the net just 12 times in 32 Premier League appearances, the big Belgian could be on his way to Italy with new Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte interested in the frontman.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to bring in a new physical striker but also sees Rashford as the ideal candidate to lead the line for United next season.

The 21-year old notched ten goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season but did so while occupying a variety of positions, as opposed to solely playing in his natural striker role.

Time to shine

After scoring at a rate of just over a goal every four games, questions must be asked about Rashford’s proficiency in front of goal, but the United youth product is still a good bet for Solskjaer.

Rashford has the right combination of skill, strength and mentality to make it big at Old Trafford. Blessed with lightning speed and a terrific shot Rashford has thus far displayed all the skills necessary to become a top striker.

His winner against Tottenham in January displayed a devastating mix of speed and finishing, his free-kick against Cardiff exemplified his ability to strike the ball and his stunning effort against Brighton showed his capability to conjure something out of nothing.

In addition to the physical and technical talents of Rashford, the England international also has the mental persona to succeed as a striker for a big club. Strikers need to have thick skins and many, such as Alvaro Morata, have fallen under the intense pressure of leading a Premier League team.

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After rising through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, Rashford has already shown his mental strength and desire to step up and lead his side. With time expiring on Manchester United’s Champions League campaign, the Manchester native stepped up to emphatically strike home the winning penalty against PSG.

In the most crucial of moments, Rashford wanted the ball in his hands, something that should not be taken for granted with a 21-year old.

Thus far in his young career, Rashford has already displayed the physical, technical and mental attributes necessary to be an elite striker. United should jump at the opportunity to thrust him into the fire.

Article title: Romelu Lukaku on his way out: Why Marcus Rashford’s ready to lead the line

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