By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Marcus Rashford is a “phenomenal” talent but should not be in the England squad that goes to Euro 2016, according to Manchester United academy chief Nicky Butt.
Louis van Gaal underlined his belief that quality is more important than experience when it was put to him that England manager Roy Hodgson had not ruled Rashford out of contention for Euro 2016.
But former England international Butt, who was recently appointed the United academy director, offered a different viewpoint when quizzed about whether the teenager is ready.
“No, I think that’s well too soon for Marcus,” Butt told the BBC. “I think that could backfire on everybody, really, and might not be the right thing for him. I wouldn’t tell an England manager what to do – it’s his job to pick whoever he thinks.
“But for me he is a young boy who is still learning the game, he has got a long way to go yet, so I think talk of England is well too soon for Marcus. He has phenomenal potential for England and for Man United, and I think [it is] too soon – it might do more damage than good.”
In other Manchester United news, Jose Mourinho has revealed the date he will start his next Premier League job.