Michael Owen: Why I feel sorry for Man United striker Marcus Rashford

The ex-Manchester United striker explains why he feels frustrated for Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford

BT Sport pundit Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen admits he feels sorry for Marcus Rashford despite the Manchester United striker scoring an extra-time winner against Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The England international started the second leg of their quarter-final on the left wing in front of Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw.

Rashford teed up Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Manchester United’s opening goal at Old Trafford before Sofiane Hanni levelled for the visitors in the 32nd minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s second-half injury resulted in Jose Mourinho shuffling Rashford into a centre-forward role in extra-time at the Theatre of Dreams.

The 19-year-old took 17 minutes to score the winner with a superb solo goal in the second half of extra-time to secure their place in the Europa League last four.

Speaking BT Sport about Rashford’s performance in a centre-forward role, former Manchester United striker Owen said:

“I’ve felt a little bit sorry him [Rashford] and have got a little bit frustrated at the way people all say United are heavily reliant on Zlatan’s goals because the way Jose Mourinho sets his team up, it’s for Zlatan.

“Everybody else has got to play around him, so Rashford has been on the left or the right. All of a sudden, Zlatan goes off and Rashford goes down the middle, and he scores a goal.

“I don’t think he’s been given a real run of games. We’ll see when he becomes a true regular if he can be the true number nine for years to come.”

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