Michael Owen has warned Jose Mourinho that signing a new striker in the summer transfer window could seriously hamper Marcus Rashford’s development.
The Red Devils are bound to be linked with a host of attacking players in the summer transfer window as Mourinho begins to think about bolstering his squad ahead of next season.
Rashford has been in superb form for Manchester United this season and has earned plenty of praise for his performances this term.
The 19-year-old is set to play a key role up front for the Red Devils after Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a season-ending knee injury.
And former Manchester United striker Owen wants Mourinho to put his faith in Rashford and not bring in a superstar striker this summer.
Speaking in an interview with Goal, Owen said: “If Zlatan signs a new contract, take his injury out of the equation, all of a sudden it is heaven for Rashford. Perfect for him. He can naturally become the centre-forward over time and then another year, Zlatan will be thinking of retiring. It is a natural progression.
“Rashford needs Jose to give him the ultimate belief and say ‘right you are going to be my man, you are going to be it’. If he doesn’t think that just yet then the last thing he needs is for Jose to buy someone who will be there for the long term.
“You just need someone there who has done what Zlatan has done this year. It is so hard to balance for Jose to install that belief in Rashford.”
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