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Manchester United player Marcus Rashford is looking like a Jose Mourinho striker

July 17th, 2017 at 12:23 PM
Aggregated By Sports Media 101

Nine of the Manchester United starters had already disappeared down the StubHub Center tunnel to greet the air conditioning when Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were still ambling across the halfway line.

Even from the lofty vantage point of the press box it seemed the inseparable pair were speaking constructively rather than jocularly. Rashford had squandered a one-on-one to clinch a first-half hat-trick towards the end and his mentor Lingard has experience of fluffed finishes. A lazy effort at Newcastle 18 months ago reinforced his focus and his conversion rate improved last season, so he might have offered a tip.

From Fletcher Moss to United cup finals via Carrington, Rashford has followed an identical career path to Lingard and his superior talent will not deter him from seeking guidance to improve.

Rashford had scored twice against the LA Galaxy and assisted Marouane Fellaini’s side-footer during a near-flawless 45 minutes yet his duel with Jon Kempin clearly nagged. Jose Mourinho is demanding better from Rashford every year and so is the teenager.

Last year, it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who barged ahead of Rashford and now Romelu Lukaku – the ‘target man’ – has displaced the Swede. Rashford remains unfazed by the Mino Raiola egos and has already got his manager contemplating a front two.

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