Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has reiterated his belief that Marcus Rashford should look to leave Manchester United, but insisted his previous comments about the England forward were misinterpreted by Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho recently defended his treatment of Rashford by listing an array of stats about the 20-year-old’s opportunities under his tenure.
Carragher, speaking on Monday Night Football, claimed that he agreed with Mourinho’s comments, but sees another reason why Rashford would be better suited elsewhere.
“I agree with everything Jose Mourinho said, but that’s not me backing down on what I said. I’m not talking about how many minutes Marcus Rashford gets. The minutes Marcus Rashford gets for a 20-year-old at a club the size of Manchester United [is unique].
“‘You look around the world, maybe only Kylian Mbappe [can compare]. He is getting great minutes and appearance stats. What I don’t like is, whether Jose or others thought it, [the idea] I threw away a lazy comment. I think for 12 months people have said Jose Mourinho doesn’t give kids a chance, Rashford must leave – I think that’s lazy punditry.
“He may have changed, he may be happy playing on the left, he might be happy playing on the right – I don’t really care. But my whole point was that is the most difficult position to come through at, at a top six club. Because all our top six clubs now, the manager has to believe he has a centre-forward that can win him the Premier League and the Champions League.
“Liverpool have got Brazil’s centre-forward, Man City have got one of the greatest Argentinian centre-forwards of all time, Chelsea have got two strikers who have question marks against them – one’s a World Cup winner, the other one’s played for Real Madrid and Juventus – Arsenal have got two £50million strikers and United have got Lukaku.
“I’m not saying Jose Mourinho’s wrong and he should play him, he shouldn’t, Lukaku’s better than him. But if that lad wants to play centre-forward, how does he do that? My point was he has to move away and then maybe come back, the same as what Lukaku did.”