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Marcus Rashford believes his future position is on the left for Manchester United

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says playing out wide has given him more ‘freedom’ to be creative, suggesting he prefers his new role to the ‘isolated’ number nine position. 

The Red Devils academy graduate often featured as a centre-forward after breaking into the first team in 2016, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has employed the 22-year-old on the left flank this term.

RashfoRashford has scored 15 goals and provided four assists in his 19 games on the left flank, compared to just four goals and one assist in his ten games as United’s centre forwardt, according to Transfermarkt.

Marcus Rashford says his move to the left flank has enabled him 'to create a lot more'

Marcus Rashford says his move to the left flank has enabled him 'to create a lot more'

Marcus Rashford says his move to the left flank has enabled him ‘to create a lot more’

MARCUS RASHFORD IN 2019-20 

Appearances: 31

Goals: 19

Assists:  5

He proved United’s star player in the first half of the campaign, producing multiple match-winning performances before suffering a back injury in January. 

Despite this set-back and the added disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Rashford believes he can recapture his prolific form when he returns on the left flank.

‘When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team,’ Rashford told UTD Podcast.

Rashford has scored 15 goals and provided four assists in his 19 games on the left flank, compared to just four goals and one assist in his ten games as United’s centre forward

Rashford has scored 15 goals and provided four assists in his 19 games on the left flank, compared to just four goals and one assist in his ten games as United’s centre forward

Rashford has scored 15 goals and provided four assists in his 19 games on the left flank, compared to just four goals and one assist in his ten games as United’s centre forward

‘Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a number nine.

‘When I transitioned to a number nine when I was younger, that’s the bit that I struggled with as I was always someone who wanted to express myself on the ball.

‘When I started playing number nine, I realised that you don’t see the ball as often as you do in other positions, but when you do see the ball, it’s an opportunity to score goals.

‘That’s what I loved about being a number nine and that’s what I still love about it. But right now I’m enjoying having the freedom to mix between the two – and I think it suits us well at the moment as Anthony (Martial) likes to drift to the left and drop deep as well.’

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