By Alex Taylor
Glenn Hoddle has admitted concerns that Marcus Rashford will not get the opportunity to fully develop at Manchester United.
Rashford, 18, has scored 10 goals in 26 first-team appearances for United but is yet to start a game in the Premier League this season.
The youngster burst onto the scene after scoring twice in last season’s Europa League tie against Midtjylland and has gone on to prove himself as one of the outstanding young strikers in the world.
“By the time I was 21, in 1978, I had played 104 times for Tottenham in the top division and 102 of those appearances were in the starting XI,” Hoddle wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“But I can’t see him getting a clear run in the first team at Manchester United. Certainly he’ll be fortunate to have made 100 starts by the age of 21. But those three years are crucial to your development as a player. If you’re on the bench and coming on occasionally, you aren’t learning.”
“It’s all well and good coming on when players are tired and the game is stretched. There’s much less responsibility on you then. Where you really learn is when you have to share the burden of expectation with the starting XI.”
Rashford has started just one match for United this season, a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in the Europa League but he came off the bench to score a last-gasp winner against Hull in the Premier League last month.
Concerns were originally voiced about the youngsters opportunities this term after the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese boss has faced criticism in the past for having a perceived lack of trust in young players.
Rashford will now be hoping for a chance to shine for the Red Devils against Watford on Sunday afternoon.