Rashford in bullish mood as he targets Man Utd starting role

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rashford scored Man Utd's late winner at Hull last month
Rashford scored Man Utd's late winner at Hull last month

Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford admits he has been "frustrated" to spend time on the substitutes bench this season, as he talked up his hope of a regular starting role in Jose Mourinho's team.

Rashford has made a huge impact with United and England over the course of 2016, but Mourinho has suggested he is keen to hold back the teenager from over exposure in his opening few weeks as Old Trafford boss.

Yet the woeful form of club captain Wayne Rooney and Rashford’s impressive contributions have increased the pressure on Mourinho to hand his starlet a more prominent starting role.

Now Rashford has given an interview to Sky Sports, as he displayed a level of confidence that confirms he believes he is ready to become a regular first team starter at United.

“I want to become the ultimate centre forward. I want to be able to play on the left, on the right and down the middle,” said the 18-year-old.

“The manager has been doing some work with me off the left and right so I think he’s trying to improve me in those areas.

“I need to improve my game down the sides because my positioning in those areas, where I haven’t played since I was 12 or 13, is a bit off.

“A few years ago my aim was to score as many goals as I could to show people my talents and what I could do.

“But now things have changed. There’s some games where your touch might be off, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t score goals and win the game for your team.

“As a team we have a good squad and we can compete for the titles this season. On a personal level, scoring a lot of goals is the main objective.”

Rashford admitted he was “frustrated” not to have nailed down a regular spot in Mourinho’s line-up, but he insisted he was ready to bide his time.

“It is frustrating but I’m not angry that I’m not playing because I understand it’s difficult,” added the striker who came off to bench to score United’s winner against Hull last month.

“We have a lot of big players and a lot of players in my situation as well who are not getting the minutes they probably thought they deserved to get.

“But all of this is good for the squad because everyone is competing in training and it’s improving us as players and as a squad. What the manager has done with the team and the players is a good thing.

“I’m just trying to play with freedom like I did last year and the manager supports me with that. Like he did in the Hull came, the manager just tells me to go and help the team win the game.”