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Michael Owen blah blah Marcus Rashford

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Michael Owen has continued his new book tour by mentioning Marcus Rashford when asked

In an exercise that gets him a few more Amazon clicks and gets United websites a few more minutes of dwell times, the former United striker offered his opinions on United’s current striker.

He had a nuanced take on Rashford, offering some praise and worrying if he had an instinct for goal.

He said: “I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.

“He is a better all round player than me, he has a great touch and all round skill that I never had, but he hasn’t got the killer instinct that I had.

“I was just obsessed…but I don’t think scoring goals is what he goes to bed craving.

“Players like Robbie Fowler, Aguero or Harry Kane these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”


He continued: “I think you can definitely improve your finishing, but I don’t think you can improve your instinct and I don’t think you can improve the way you are made,” Owen said.

“I know Rashford was never a centre forward as a kid, he always wanted to play wide or as a No.10.”


“I know his coaches at the Man United academy were always encouraging him to follow the ball in, get tap ins and get into the box, be a goalscorer.

”It was never really his desire, he was always outside the box, great touch and everything else which is fine.”


Rashford is away with England on international duty, and while he has been inconsistent for United in front of goal, there is plainly talent to be developed there. Giving him time on the pitch with a more experienced striker may help him, but it is true that he does not appear ruthless in front of goal - yet.