Jamie Carragher: The difference between Man United star and Marcus Rashford

The Liverpool legend explains what Marcus Rashford brings to the Manchester United team

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford Photo: Tag Heuer

Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford is adding a different dimension to the Manchester United side.

Jose Mourinho has stuck with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a centre-forward role throughout most of the 2016-17 season following the 35-year-old’s free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

The 35-year-old striker has scored an impressive 28 goals in all competitions for the 20-time English champions in his first season at the Manchester club.

However, Ibrahimovic’s season was cut short last month after the Manchester United striker suffered a season-ending knee injury in a 2-1 win against Anderlecht at Old Trafford.

As a result, Mourinho has reverted to using Rashford as their main striker and the England international has thrived in a central role after spending most of the season on the wing.

The 19-year-old scored the winner against Anderlecht before his stunning free-kick proved the difference in a 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

Writing in his Daily Mail column about Rashford, Carragher said: “His pace has given United a dimension they have lacked with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no matter how well the Swede has performed.

“Speed is the one thing defenders hate playing against and Rashford is like a whippet.”

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