Shearer: “Rashford is the main man at Man United now”

Former England striker Alan Shearer believes Marcus Rashford has become the “main man” for Manchester United after being unleashed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The 21-year-old struggled to gain regular opportunities as a centre-forward under Jose Mourinho, who instead shifted him down the wing for United.

Under interim coach Solskjaer, however, Rashford has scored four goals in six matches in his favoured role with the likes of Romelu Lukaku struggling to get back into the line-up.

And following Sunday’s match-winner in United’s 1-0 victory at Spurs, Shearer hailed Rashford’s recent progress.

“Marcus Rashford is flying right now because he has a manager with complete belief in him for the first time,” Shearer told The Sun.

“Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and it is great to watch.

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“Rashford is the main man at Manchester United now and has every attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going forward.

“His movement is excellent and constantly improving, he has the pace to terrify any defence and his finishing has come on leaps and bounds.

“It was a world-class pass from Paul Pogba to set him up [against Spurs] and the strike from Rashford shows just how confident he is right now.

“He is showing a calmness in front of goal now which we have not seen before, but that comes with experience.”

Rashford has managed eight goals and six assists in 26 appearances for United across all competitions this season.