Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has suggested that Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer, should not start his prolific forward against Arsenal on Sunday.
Marcus Rashford bagged a sixteen-minute hat-trick against RB Leipzig coming off the bench on the 68 minute to score three quick goals in a Champions League game against the German side on Wednesday.
However, Paul Merson has categorically stated that Rashford could be used to a devastating effect as a super sub against his former side, Arsenal, a role Solsjkaer is no stranger to.
He told the Daily Star: ‘When he [Rashford] starts, he doesn’t really score bundles of goals and often finds it difficult.
‘But he came on this week against Leipzig and scored a hat-trick in 16 minutes! If you look at when he scores his goals this season, they tell you a story.
‘He scored as a sub against Luton in the 88th minute in the EFL Cup. He scored in the second half against Brighton.
‘He scored in the last minute against Newcastle. He scored with three minutes to go against Paris St-Germain and all his goals against Leipzig were at the end of the game. His goals are coming against tired defenders.
Maybe United should experiment with that.
‘Arsenal is going to be a tight game. If it’s 0-0 after 60 minutes and Rashford comes on just when defenders are getting tired, he could have a field day.
‘Don’t get me wrong. Marcus Rashford is too good to spend his whole career as a super-sub. He’s an England international.
‘But I think he needs a rest and playing a few games off the bench might actually do him some good in the long run.’