Van Gaal in danger of over-exposing Manchester United starlet Rashford – Redknapp

Former Liverpool man Jamie Redknapp has expressed his sympathy for Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford.

Rashford burst onto the scene for United last month but the youngster has found the going tough in recent matches and he endured a difficult time during United’s 2-0 Europa League Round of 16 first leg defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday night.

Deployed in a wide position, Rashford had to at times fill in at right-back during the first half before he was subbed off for Michael Carrick and Redknapp has now gone on to criticise United manager Louis van Gaal for overburdening the 18-year-old with defensive responsibilities.

Redknapp wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “I feel sorry for Marcus Rashford – he’s gone from centre forward to helping out at right back in the space of a week! He should play up front or not at all.

“His strengths are running in behind centre halves and first-time finishing, and by giving him a role with defensive responsibility, Van Gaal is in danger of over-exposing the 18-year-old.”

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