Marcus Rashford ‘may have to quit Man United to fulfill potential’

Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford may have to leave Manchester United in order to fulfill his potential and become a world-class player.

The 20-year-old scored the winning goal for England against Switzerland on Tuesday night, which followed up the goal he scored in the 2-1 defeat by Spain last Saturday.

However, he is likely to find himself either on the bench or starting out of position for Manchester United for the foreseeable future with Romelu Lukaku the unquestioned first-choice striker for Jose Mourinho.

Marcus Rashford scored his second goal for England in the space of a week on Tuesday night

Marcus Rashford scored his second goal for England in the space of a week on Tuesday night

Marcus Rashford scored his second goal for England in the space of a week on Tuesday night

Jamie Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports after England's win over Switzerland on Tuesday

Jamie Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports after England's win over Switzerland on Tuesday

Jamie Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports after England’s win over Switzerland on Tuesday

Carragher said: ‘I don’t see Rashford ever displacing Lukaku so long as he is there, but Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away from there and go to Everton. He ended up top scorer and then got his move to Manchester United. 

‘Everton is a club where someone like a Rashford knows he can play every week. Last season, he played poorly against Brighton, Mourinho had a pop at him and Lukaku went straight back in the next game. That is the problem he will always have.’ 

Lukaku signed for Manchester United from Everton last summer in a deal worth £75million, capping a long and winding route back to a top club following his failure to shine with Chelsea.

The 20-year-old showed his potential with two good displays against Spain and Switzerland

The 20-year-old showed his potential with two good displays against Spain and Switzerland

The 20-year-old showed his potential with two good displays against Spain and Switzerland

Rashford is likely to find himself playing second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United

Rashford is likely to find himself playing second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United

Rashford is likely to find himself playing second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United

The Belgian forward spent time on loan at West Brom and Everton before sealing a permanent switch to Goodison Park, where he was given the time and space needed to become the world-class performer he is today.

Carragher believes Rashford should be inspired by Lukaku’s path, which proved that leaving one of the Premier League’s top clubs can ultimately be beneficial.

Asked if he would have to leave United to fulfil his potential, Carragher said: ‘I think so. It gets to the point when you ask if he will ever be an England regular or Manchester United’s real centre-forward. 

‘In that position, you have to be world-class. Rashford isn’t world-class yet, but he might be when he’s 24. Lukaku now looks like one of the best strikers so Rashford may have to move away to then move back to one of the big teams.’

Lukaku left Chelsea and found his feet at Everton before moving back to a top-six team

Lukaku left Chelsea and found his feet at Everton before moving back to a top-six team

Lukaku left Chelsea and found his feet at Everton before moving back to a top-six team

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