Former England international and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Marcus Rashford won’t reach his full potential at Manchester United.

Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has claimed that Manchester United sensation Marcus Rashford may have to leave the club in order to realize his full potential and grow into a world-class player.

The 20-year old Englishman burst onto the scenes at United in the 2015-16 season under then manager Louis van Gaal and has been hailed as the future of club and country. However, the youngster hasn’t had it easy since Mourinho took over the reins at the club in 2016.

With Romelu Lukaku the undisputed first-choice at Manchester United, Rashford has had to make do with a bit-part role from the bench or has been used out of position on the left-flank. However, having been deployed as a striker for England during international break, Rashford scored two in two games, against Spain and Switzerland.

And speaking about his situation on Sky Sports (h/t Daily Mail), Carragher said, “I don’t see Rashford ever displacing Lukaku so long as he is there, but Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away from there and go to Everton. He ended up top scorer and then got his move to Manchester United.”

Time to move on, says Carragher (Photo courtesy - Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Time to move on, says Carragher (Photo courtesy – Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“Everton is a club where someone like a Rashford knows he can play every week. Last season, he played poorly against Brighton, Mourinho had a pop at him and Lukaku went straight back in the next game. That is the problem he will always have.”

Asked if Rashford would have to leave United to fulfil his potential, Carragher said: “I think so. It gets to the point when you ask if he will ever be an England regular or Manchester United’s real centre-forward.

“In that position, you have to be world-class. Rashford isn’t world-class yet, but he might be when he’s 24. Lukaku now looks like one of the best strikers so Rashford may have to move away to then move back to one of the big teams.”

Rashford has made 126 appearances for United, scoring 32 goals and setting up 17 more in the process. The 2018-19 season hasn’t started on the best of the notes for the youngster. So far in his three games, the 20-year old has failed to score a goal and was sent off in the Red Devils’ last Premier League outing against Burnley.

The 27-time capped English international has two years left on his current contract with Manchester United. There had been reports of the club wanting to hand him a new bumper deal in the summer, but there has been no progress on that end as of yet.

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