Monday 16 September 2019

Owen: Rashford not a natural scorer

Owen: “I don’t think scoring goals is what he goes to bed craving.” Photo: Action Images/Ed Sykes/File Photo
Owen: “I don’t think scoring goals is what he goes to bed craving.” Photo: Action Images/Ed Sykes/File Photo

Chris Bascombe

Michael Owen does not believe Marcus Rashford possesses the cold-bloodedness of a natural goalscorer.

Owen rates the Manchester United striker above himself as a footballer, but doubts the youngster lives for goals like a genuine poacher.

"I don't think scoring goals is what he goes to bed craving," said Owen. "I think it is overall performance, chipping in with goals, assists, everything . 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.

"Players like Robbie Fowler, Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane - these people who are obsessed with goals. I don't think he is obsessed with goals."

Speaking at the launch of his autobiography, 'Reboot', Owen said he does not believe natural finishing can be coached. "You can definitely improve your finishing, but I don't think you can improve your instinct," said Owen.

"I know Rashford was never a centre-forward as a kid. He always wanted to play wide or as a number 10 and I know his coaches at the Man Utd academy were always encouraging him to follow the ball in, get tap-ins.

"He will always score a decent number of goals . . . but when you mention Aguero, that cold-blooded constantly thinking about goals, I don't think (he has got that)." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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