Jamie Carragher give notice that Marcus Rashford must be careful not to follow in the footsteps of Danny Welbeck and clarified his belief that the 20-year-old might have to leave Manchester United to play centre-forward.
The pundit first aired his view last week and Jose Mourinho responded by reeling off the fact that Rashford has made 105 appearances and been given 5744 minutes under him.
But on Sky Sports’ Monday Night football, Carragher explained: ‘I’m not confused, I don’t think Jose Mourinho is confused either.
‘I agree with everything that Mourinho said but that’s not me backing down on what I said. I’m not talking about how many minutes Rashford gets. What I don’t like is whether Jose or other people felt I just threw away a lazy comment.
‘The reason I said what I said was because I was talking more as a centre-forward. Since Jose has come, he’s only started 12 games as centre-forward in the Premier League and he burst onto the scene as a striker, he said he wanted to be a striker.
‘My whole point was that it is the most difficult position to come through at a top six club because the manager has to believe he’s got a centre-forward who can win him the league and win him the Champions League.
The former Liverpool defender continued: ‘United have Lukaku. I’m not saying Mourinho is wrong and should play Rashford ahead of Lukaku, he shouldn’t, Lukaku is better than him. But if he wants to play centre forward, how does he do that? My point is that he might have to move away.
And Carragher then went on to cite the career path of Welbeck as an example of what could happen to Rashford, who is currently serving a three-game ban for violent conduct against Burnley.
Welbeck, a former United youngster himself, came through as a striker but was moved to the flanks and became a utility player.
‘I like Danny Welbeck as a player and I hope this doesn’t come across disrespectful but Marcus Rashford does not want to become Danny Welbeck,’ Carragher went on.
‘What I mean by that is that he came through at United as a centre-forward, then used on the left, then the right, he was delighted to get minutes and all these things.
‘But he ends up becoming a squad player, never nailing down a centre forward position, he moves to Arsenal and exactly the same thing has happened, where does he play? He does the same for England and that’s what you don’t want,’ the pundit concluded.