Gareth Southgate believes Marcus Rashford can be England's Cristiano Ronaldo

Rashford, 20, scored against both Spain and Switzerland as a central striker during the worldwide break but has yet to be afforded the chance in the role at club level.

He will serve the first game of a three-match suspension when United travel to face Watford on Saturday evening.

Rashford has only started one of Manchester United's four Premier League games this season and it seems that he faces an uphill struggle in trying to get ahead of Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order.

Thompson thinks Rashford will have to make a big decision about his future next summer if his lack of action continues at Old Trafford. He had 53 appearances but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3068 and if you want to divide that by 90 minute matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minute matches in 2016-17.

"He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 mins, and if you divide that by 90, it gives you 29.7 matches, so with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,774 mins, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people speaking about these minutes, I think they are a bit confused".

Gareth Southgate has expressed frustration about Phil Foden's lack of first-team involvement for Manchester City and warned England's senior players they can not expect to keep their places if they are not involved more regularly for their club sides.

"So Manchester United supporters - for you and just for you - to know what we are doing with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that's what we are doing here".


I'm a United fan but this is ridiculous, stop comparing young players with potential, to All time Greats.

"Everybody's getting frustrated as he's not playing much, but he is playing for England".

However, he is now making it clear that the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with 33 minutes for Chelsea this season, and Fabian Delph, who has not featured at all for City, might have to be excluded if they do not start playing more regularly before the game in Rijeka on 12 October and, three days later, at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville.

"I understand the difficulties that club managers have".

Gareth Southgate saying Rashford can be England's version of Ronaldo because of his goalscoring rate being way ahead of someone of his age.

That analysis has clearly got under Mourinho's skin, with the boss giving a 276-second answer to one question about the forward's performances for England.

"He was never ever out of a selection, so he knows and that's the most important thing".

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