Esteemed Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has been brought to Old Trafford and immediately been handed a sizeable task – restoring Manchester United to the glory days.

The former Chelsea boss will not be extended a grace period and is expected to have the Red Devils fighting for the Premier League title in the forthcoming season.

This has seen proven professionals, such as Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, brought to Old Trafford over the summer.

Ibrahimovic in particular is an exciting addition for the United fans, with the Swedish forward bringing a wealth of experience, a predatory presence and as close to a guarantee of goals as you can get.

However, having the former Paris Saint-Germain attacker in Mourinho’s squad could well nullify the role of Marcus Rashford.

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene last season, scoring important goals and impressing with his maturity and level of performance.

Although Louis van Gaal used Rashford in a wide role on occasion last term, the youngster was most effective playing through the middle in a centre forward’s role.

However, with Ibrahimovic now the main man in United’s attack, it remains to be seen just what involvement Rashford will have in 2016-17.

The young forward needs regular action to aid his development and long periods on the sidelines could well nullify one of United’s most prodigious talents in recent times.


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