Marcus Rashford broke into the first team of United in unlikely circumstances. Louis van Gaal was head coach at the time and the Red Devils were in a injury crisis involving most of the first teamers.
Prior to his debut, Rashford was largely unknown to most of the United supporters despite his terrific performances with their reserves. However, it didn’t take long for the football world to know of his special abilities as 4 goals in his first 3 matches did the announcement
Mou’s appointment as head coach in the summer of 2016 did pose a threat to the youngster’s cocoon-to-butterfly journey. The Portuguese is an unrepentant advocate of experience over youth, a special signature to never have the patience of giving team reserves enough time to prove their worth. From letting Lukaku leave for Everton while he was working at Chelsea, to loaning Madrid homeboy Alvaro Morata to Juventus during his time at the Spanish capital.
The signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite having two potential world class strikers in the mould of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford re echoed the legendry stubbornness of old habits.
To be fair to Mourinho, given the disastrous reign of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the former Chelsea manager could be excused for not gambling the fortunes of a club – ran by impatient board and shadowed by dissatisfied fans – into jeopardy all for the sake of developing a young striker.
That, however won’t be the case come next summer window because in spite of being played out of position for the better part of the season and his recent flourishes as a top 9 in Ibra’s absence, signing another striker will label the talk of belief in the teenager as superficial and vague.
That operation will certainly derail his upward trajectory and may ultimately force him out of the club. United must decide now.