Ian Wright: Man United striker needs Michael Owen role

The Arsenal legend wants to see Jose Mourinho use Marcus Rashford through the middle for Manchester United

Ian Wright insists Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford needs to be utilised as a centre-forward like Michael Owen was when he first broke through at Liverpool.

The 19-year-old emerged as a promising Red Devils talent in the 2015-16 season after Louis van Gaal turned to the England international during an injury crisis last term.

Rashford finish with a respectable return of eight goals in 18 games in all competitions to earn a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European championship in France in the summer.

However, Van Gaal’s successor Jose Mourinho has used the centre-forward rather more sparingly, with Rashford scoring three goals in 11 Premier League appearances this season.

The new Red Devils boss has been playing Rashford on the wing to accommodate summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in an orthodox centre-forward role.

However, former Arsenal striker Wright believes Manchester United need to replicate how Liverpool utilised Owen when he first broke into Roy Evans’ team in 1997.

“He isn’t overrated,” Wright told BBC Radio Five Live’s 606 show.

“What’s happening with Marcus Rashford at the moment is that he is somebody I’d like to see down the centre like Michael Owen when he hit the scene.

“He had goal-scoring ability and you didn’t see anyone put him out on the right. I’d like to see that happen with Marcus Rashford.

“He isn’t natural on the right. If he was playing down the centre, he’d be taken more chances and he would be playing as a straight up number nine.”

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