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Thursday 21 June 2018

'Patience is key for Rashford'

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United. Photo: Getty Images
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United. Photo: Getty Images

Marcus Rashford has been urged not to be discouraged by his lack of game-time at Manchester United this season by former Red Devils striker Andy Cole.

The 20-year-old forward has found himself in and out of Jose Mourinho’s team and though he has scored 13 times for the club, only four of those have come after a goal in the Manchester derby on December 10.

He is likely to once again be on the bench for today’s FA Cup final.

Cole, who was part of a group of forwards Alex Ferguson rotated between during the 1999 treble-winning season, understands that Rashford may have been frustrated but has implored him not to get downhearted by it.

“With Marcus, he has to focus his mind on learning and improving and wanting to become a better player,” he said. “Sometimes when you don’t get minutes your mind goes elsewhere because you’re worried about getting minutes. Then, when you do come on, it’s difficult to try and get into a game or when you start you put yourself under massive pressure.

“If he’s prepared to learn and work on the things that got him into the team in the first place, he’ll be okay.”

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