Marcus Rashford will not continue to develop as a player to unless he leaves Manchester United, according to one ex-Premier League striker.
Rashford burst onto the scene at United under Louis van Gaal in 2016 when he scored twice on debut against Danish side Midtjylland.
He went on to repeat the feat on Premier League debut against Arsenal, later winning a place in the England squad.
However, the 20-year-old appears to have found himself out of favour under Jose Mourinho this season and Sutton, a Premier League winner with Blackburn but now a BT Sport pundit, reckons Rashford must be pro-active about his future.
“I think he’s started one game, vs Leicester, for Manchester United at the start of the season and then he’s just come off the bench,” Sutton told The Brian Moore Show.“Marcus Rashford needs to play regular football as a centre forward. The question is: is he going to get that at Manchester United? I don’t think so.
“For Marcus Rashford, there will come the time when he has to really think about his career and move on.”
Rashford scored twice for England during the international break, in the 2-1 defeat to Spain and the 1-0 win over Switzerland, but remains behind captain Harry Kane in the pecking order.
But the United forward was given the nod by Gareth Southgate when Kane dropped to the bench for the Switzerland friendly, grabbing the opportunity with both hands by scoring the decisive goal with England’s main secondary option going forward, Raheem Sterling, missing through injury.
However, Sutton still thinks that Manchester City’s Englishman is the right man for the job if Kane ever does pull up injured.
“I have to say I think Sterling [is a better option than Rashford],” Sutton added.
“You’ll probably shoot me down in flames here but I think Sterling is a top player.
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“I think he had a superb season last season at Manchester City.
“I don’t think he feels wanted and loved in an England shirt.
“Has that impacted on his performances? Maybe so.
“But when you see the dearth of striker options and attacking options which England have and there is a lack of options, I think we’re lucky to have them both.”
Former Blackburn, Chelsea, Celtic and England striker Chris Sutton will be a pundit on Celtic vs St Mirren on BT Sport 1 on Friday night, with coverage starting at 7.15pm.
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