Pundit tells Man United to forget Antoine Griezmann: This striker is the future at No9

Kenny Cunningham believes Marcus Rashford can shine as Manchester United's long-term number nine

Kenny Cunningham has urged Manchester United to forget about signing Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski in the summer transfer window and give Marcus Rashford a chance to establish himself as their number nine striker.

The Red Devils striker was handed a rare starting spot in Jose Mourinho’s line-up in the absence of suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and injured Wayne Rooney for Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final.

Rashford failed to get on the score sheet but the 20-year-old gave the Chelsea back three a difficult evening despite Ander Herrera’s sending off leaving Manchester United at a numerical disadvantage at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante scored a second-half winner before Rashford missed a great chance to equalise after escaping the attentions of Gary Cahill before Belgium international Thibaut Courtois saved with his feet.

Rashford has only started nine games in the Premier League this season following Ibrahimovic’s signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the summer but Cunningham wants to see Rashford given a chance up front.

“I was looking forward to seeing Marcus Rashford playing as a number nine. I think he is the future for Manchester United playing in that position,” Cunningham told Newstalk.

“Jose Mourinho might not think it. There is a lot of chance of Antoine Griezmann or Robert Lewandowski coming in next season but this lad deserves a chance. He showed flashes to show he is developing and maturing. He got David Luiz exposed.”

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