Sunday 11 December 2016

Marcus Rashford is 'carried' by Wayne Rooney and others - Paul Lambert

Mark Critchley

Published 03/08/2016 | 09:25

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford is being carried by Wayne Rooney and Manchester United’s other senior players, according to Paul Lambert, the former Aston Villa manager.

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The teenage striker broke into United’s first team in the midst of an injury crisis last season and went on to score 8 goals in 18 appearances, earning him a call-up to England’s European Championships squad.

Rashford was hailed as one of the few highlights in a disappointing season at Old Trafford, which ended with then-manager Louis van Gaal’s dismissal.

Lambert, however, has argued that the 18-year-old benefited from low expectations and that his more senior teammates were the ones who took responsibility  for United’s poor performances.

“Wayne Rooney is carrying him, Michael Carrick is carrying him – people carry you when you’re young,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.

“When you’re a young player you can make as many mistakes as you want and you know the critics won’t be too harsh on you.

“When you become 22, 23, 24 and start to become a main player, then you can be criticised,” he added.

Lambert, who most recently stepped down as manager of Blackburn Rovers in April, went on to suggest that Rashford will continue to benefit from his lack of seniority this season.

“Rashford might start, he might not, but the expectation will be on [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Rooney and the same lads who have been carrying the club for a few years.”

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