No chance of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford getting carried away with himself too quickly – despite the fact that the Red Devils striker is the reason England will win Euro 2016 this summer.
The Sunday People are reporting that the striker, despite having five goals in his first eight competitive appearances for Louis van Gaal’s side, is banned from using the senior team’s changing room facilities.
Rashford’s rise, along with fellow Red Devil youth players Guillermo Varela, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, James Weir, Joe Riley, Donald Love and Regan Poole, has been a rare success for van Gaal this season, but the Dutchman is keen to keep the youngsters, especially Marcus ‘Next Henry Shearer Drogba Yorke’ Rashford, grounded.
It’s a refreshing and sensible move from the United management team. Too many youngsters are getting too much too quick when they first breakthrough into senior sides, with many failing to reach the early signs of potential they demonstrated; the flashy lifestyle that football brings always ends up proving too much to handle.
Although the sentiment is great, and the thinking behind keeping the Under-21s away from the first-team until invited to do so is correct, it all feels a bit pointless when you read that Rashford is set to sign a new deal soon which will see his wages rise from £1,000-a-week to £15,000-a-week – Arsenal are doing something similar with Alex Iwobi with a wage rise from £800-a-week to £10,000 following an impressive performance at the Nou Camp and a goal against Everton.
How can we keep going around and throwing money at these promising stars after barely five figures worth of minutes of football?
Of course to solely blame the clubs would be unfair because the power lies with the players. United can’t be risking taking a reasonable approach with Rashford due to the fact that someone like Manchester City will come in with the mentality of ‘Well he might be good, so let’s throw £££ at him and just see. If he isn’t, no biggie.’
Reasoning, sense and the right way to go about things no longer exists in football – if it ever did – so whilst we lambast United with one hand, the other hand will one day be demanding to know why 2023 Ballon d’Or winner, Rashford, was allowed to leave Old Trafford.