Manchester United: Rashford eager to become “ultimate center forward”

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Every player wants to get on the field, but Marcus Rashford faces a difficult challenge now at Manchester United.

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Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, United’s addition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the summer has forced the youngster’s playing time to dwindle down to start the 2016/17 season.

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While frustration has certainly set in a bit for the young attacker, Rashford remains level-headed and told Sky Sports on Friday that he knows manager Jose Mourinho has a difficult job in sorting out the best lineup.

“It is frustrating but I’m not angry that I’m not playing because I understand it’s difficult,” he added. “We have a lot of big players and a lot of players in my situation as well who are not getting the minutes they probably thought they deserved to get.

With Wayne Rooney‘s status at United firmly up in the air, Rashford could figure more into the starting XI as the season rolls on, however, the competition to get on the pitch is certainly a closely-contested race.

Anthony Martial and Juan Mata have each received significant playing time early in the season, while Jesse Lingard and Memphis Depay have also been sporadically included in the squad.

Despite being seen as a winger for much of his young career, Rashford remains hopeful that he can become one of the game’s top strikers.

“I want to become the ultimate centre forward. I want to be able to play on the left, on the right and down the middle,” Rashford said.

“To do that I need to improve my game down the sides because my positioning in those areas, where I haven’t played since I was 12 or 13, is a bit off.”

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Just as is the target for any striker, Rashford expressed his desire to find the back of the net more. Last season, the teenager netted eight goals in 18 matches under former manager Louis Van Gaal.

“I want to score more goals, the main ambition is goals,” he said. “A few years ago my aim was to score as many goals as I could to show people my talents and what I could do.